Cyprus Mail

4,000 cotton shopping bags for Yeroskipou residents

Shoppers will be charged five cents for a plastic bag from Sunday

Yeroskipou municipality in the Paphos District is expecting to receive 4,000 cotton bags, which will be given to households as an incentive to stop using plastic bags, Mayor Michalis Pavlides said.

Pavlides said the local authority has already contacted shop-owners and asked them to stop placing purchased products in plastic bags.

“Our efforts focus on even offering tax relief to the shop-owners who do not use plastic bags,” he said.
The Mayor spoke about the negative impact of plastic bags on the environment, adding that over 800,000 plastic bags are used per day in Cyprus.
Worse, he said, many of these bags ended up in the sea to the detriment of marine life.

Pavlides said the municipality would be hosting a series of environment-themed events in October and November, in order to cultivate widespread awareness about the necessity to protect the environment. It was also planning events at schools within the Municipality.

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