Ayia Napa wants to cut organic waste produced by the tourist industry by at least 50 per cent, Mayor Yiannis Karousos said, presenting a European Programme aiming at reducing the waste of coastal hotel units and other sites of waste production.
“In our effort to present Ayia Napa as environmentally friendly and as a green municipality, a proposal for funding was submitted to the Department of Environment for the comprehensive management of organic waste produced by the tourist industry of coastal municipalities, through prevention and recycling programmes,” he told the Cyprus News Agency.
He added that the proposal was accepted and the funds for the specific programme reach €8 million.
Participating in the programme, apart from Ayia Napa, are the municipalities of Paralimni, Sotira, and Larnaca.
Karousos said the aim of the municipality was to reduce the volume of organic waste produced by the tourist industry by at least 50 per cent, and increase recycling by 50 per cent.
It also wanted to cut the volume of waste ending up at the Koshi landfill by 50 per cent, thus cutting the total management cost by 30 per cent.
He noted that the hotel units and other sites mass producing waste would be given compressors specifically for food waste. The municipality will also provide recycling bins for the other waste, such as paper, glass, and plastic.
Furthermore, on the coastal front of Ayia Napa, semi-immersed bins will be placed for ecological points of collecting specific waste.
Incentives will also be given to those wishing to recycle, such as issuing tickets for free entry into Ayia Napa sites, e.g. the museum, for every tin placed in the recycling bin.