By Bejay Browne
A PAPHOS resident is trying to drum up support for an initiative to clean up litter from around the island.
British expat, Maggie Wright has lived in Cyprus since 2003 and said that over the last twelve years, discarded rubbish which litters roadsides and the countryside has mushroomed out of control.
“I wanted to do something to try and get more people involved in cleaning up rubbish and to highlight the need for recycling. I live in Kamares in Paphos, and all along the back roads leading from Tala, the amount of rubbish everywhere is horrendous.”
Wright said that in her resolve to fight littering, she decided to declare Saturday November 21 “Pick up litter day,” and she is encouraging everyone to go out for either a short or long walk, taking a bag with them, to collect any litter which may be spotted along the way.
She suggested that participants can then either dispose of the rubbish by taking it to recycle bins if suitable, or else take it home with them for the bin men to dispose of.
“They can then take pictures and share them on the Facebook page – Keep Cyprus Tidy – which I have also started.”
There are recycling points in Tala at the car park next to the Tala Cat Park and in Kamares close to the club house, she said.
Councillor Cathi Delaney from Tala community board is supporting the idea and has a number of volunteers willing to take part.
Delaney said that people have to stop fly tipping and chucking rubbish out of car windows. Children also need to be educated at school about the importance of recycling and disposing of rubbish correctly.
“We are trying to do our bit in Tala, and we are still looking for volunteers to join us, and to nominate areas which people think are in need of cleaning up.”
Delaney said that the council covers a huge area made up of Tala and Kamares villages, around 25 km of roads, and pointed out that there are only four outside staff to look after all of the parks and green areas. “They are limited in what they can do. We just don’t have the man power,” she said.
“We will also try and get the local school involved in the initiative and explain what it’s all about.”
Other nominated areas include the coastal road which runs from Coral Bay roundabout and along the Tomb of the Kings road.
To volunteer email Cathi Delaney at [email protected]
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