Two appeals lodged with the Tenders Review Authority are delaying the implementation of the programme for the installation of large underground bins along the tourist coastal area of Larnaca, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The Municipality plans to implement an ambitious programme for the management, collection and processing of waste, with EU funding, providing for the installation of large underground bins for recyclable materials at specific points.
Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroutziatis said: “we have secured funding from a European progrmame concerning the management, collection and processing of waste”, adding that “the application of the municipality was approved, tender procedures were begun for the projects and the necessary equipment, and it was expected that the programme would operate in the first four months of 2016”.
“However, while everything was ready to begin the programme, there were two appeals to the Tender Review Authority about two aspects. The appeals concern the placing of the bins underground and the purchase of special machinery for emptying them,” he said, adding that “the specific appeals had halted the programmes in the Ayia Napa and Paralimni Municipalities as well, where semi-underground bins were to be placed”.
Louroutziatis expressed hope that “the efforts of the environment department, through which the programme is funded, will be successful and by March the problem will be overcome”, and pointed out that this delay would not affect the funding of the programme by the European Commission.
He also said that the part of the programme concerning the compressors of waste at various points in the old town and the tourist area would begin.
The programme provides for the installation of 64 large underground bins for the collection of recyclable materials and household waste, at specific points in Larnaca.
It also provides for the purchase of two special trucks with cranes, which will lift the bins out for emptying and place them back.
Both the owners of hotels and restaurants, and the public, will be able to easily use the bins and place their waste by category.
“The aim of the programme is to eliminate the visual and environmental nuisance of the usual large green bins from the coastal and tourist front of Larnaca, and at the same time the volume of recyclable waste produced by Larnaca will be larger with the organised collection from areas where there is a large production of such waste,” the mayor said.
“The total cost of the programme will be €1.8 million and the Municipality of Larnaca will be paying €100,000 in two installments. At some point, the management and maintenance of the equipment will pass fully into the ownership of the Municipality”.