An unprecedented 1,000 truckloads of seaweed are to be removed from Larnaca’s beaches by the end of March compared to 100 truckloads last year, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Larnaca muncipality health inspector Costas Kokkinos said the massive amounts of seaweed that had washed up were due to the harsh winter. “Larnaca is facing a big problem with seaweed washed up on the beach so the crews of the municipality have to work continuously to clean the beaches, especially on Phinikoudes,“ he said.
Trucks were on the go several hours a day, and the job should be completed by the end of the month, Kokkinos said, in plenty of time for the start of the summer tourism season next month.
So far some 400 truckloads have been collected with the total expected to reach 1,000, he said. The collected seaweed is being stored in an area behind the Larnaca district court where it will be left to dry and transported to a factory in Tersefanou where it will be composted into fertiliser.
As the municipality is using its own trucks and employees, the cost will work out at around €20 per truck to take the seaweed to Teresfanou whereas it would have cost around €60 per truck to take it to a landfill.
“This year we estimate that we will collected one thousand trucks full of seaweed which even for us is unprecedented as last year we only used around 100 trucks,” said Kokkinos.