By Bejay Browne
A PRESENTATION of a proposal to reduce solid waste produced by hotels and restaurants will get underway at Paphos town hall later on Wednesday.
The event is being organised by the ministry of agriculture and mayors of Paphos, Geroskipou and Peyia, have been invited to attend, along with the presidents of the community councils of Chlorakas and Kissonerga, the district office and other officials.
The purpose of the meeting is to disseminate information regarding the intention of the department of the environment to proceed with the implementation of the programme on the integrated management of solid waste from coastal hotels and related areas (such as restaurants, etc.) in an attempt to reduce such waste .
President of the board of the Paphos refuse disposal site and Paphos councillor, Andreas Chrysanthou, told the Cyprus Mail: “As I understand it, the government already has the five million euros for Paphos, which has been allocated from the relevant EU structural funds. It will be used to purchase garbage trucks, compactors and other necessary equipment.”
Chrysanthou said the proposal was part of an EU directive which will see the separation of garbage at source.
“The ministry of agriculture is dealing with the solid waste issue. I understand they will find a piece of land where the separation will take place for recycling materials such as: paper, glass, plastic, metals and organic material, this is to minimise the amount going to the landfill sites.”
He added that he supports the EU’s target for zero landfills, but noted that in Europe, only Germany has so far managed to achieve this.
Chrysanthou noted that the four new green points, which are now operational, at Koloni, Ayia Varvara, Peyia and Polis are only for use only by Paphos and the surrounding villages and that only garden waste, furniture and electronics are allowed.
He also stressed that they were not for use by hotels. He added that more information would be available after the evening meeting, which will take place at Paphos town hall at 6pm.