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New chairman at Paphos landfill site supports green approach

The Marathounda site deals primarily with organic waste

By Bejay Browne

THE newly elected chairman of the operator of a landfill in Paphos is suggesting that biogas produced at the site could be used to produce electricity.
Municipal councillor Andreas Chrysanthou was unanimously voted last week, and said that he supports a green approach.

“I have written to the ministry of interior to ask for a provision to see whether it’s possible to exploit the idea of biogas, which is being produced by organic matter at the site, to be used to produce energy.”

He has also asked the ministry for advice on new documents in order to proceed with the tender process to manage the site as the current operator’s contract runs out on July 15.

Chrysanthou replaces disgraced former mayor, Savvas Vergas, who is currently serving a six year prison term on corruption charges.

The installation is close to Marathounda village and the governing board is made up of nine members, including the mayors of the four districts and four councillors.

Chrysanthou noted that Paphos is the biggest financial contributor to the facility, which serves the entire district, bearing around 45 per cent of the cost. The site covers the four municipalities and 103 villages in Paphos district, including far reaching areas such as Kato Pyrgos and Achelia.

“It costs €1.9 million a year to operate and is used to dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW). This is charged at around 26 to 28 euros per tonne.”

Garbage trucks arriving at the site are weighed on entry and again on exit after dumping the rubbish. They are then issued with a receipt, he said.

He added that he also supports the EU’s target for zero landfill, but noted that in Europe, only Germany has so far managed to achieve this.

“I visited Germany a few years ago and found out more about how they do things there. Only a small per cent per cent of MSW ends up in their landfills, much is used for energy. This is something which I fully support and would like to see implemented in Cyprus.”

The Paphos refuse disposal site, as it is formally known, in Marathounda is used for dumping MSW, which is made up of mostly organic matter from households and hotels.

In addition, four new green points and one mobile will be opened this week, accompanied by an extensive bilingual media campaign to inform the public of the rules.

“We are expecting the final paperwork to be completed next week and the green points will be open. These are strictly for household items and there is a list of 24 items which can be deposited here.”

The four new green points are at Koloni, Ayia Varvara, Peyia and Polis.

Chrysanthou said only garden waste, furniture and electronics are allowed, and added that the operator must ensure that the rules are adhered to.
“These are not for use by hotels and others to take rubbish to and are only for use by Paphos and the surrounding villages.”

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