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Green Dot called to immediately resume collections in Paphos

Green Dot collection bins

THE Environment Department has called on Green Dot Cyprus to immediately recommence the collection of recyclable waste in Paphos.

In a letter to Green Dot, made public on Thursday, the department’s director Costas Hadjipanayiotou reminded the outfit that under the terms of its licence it was obligated to service the Paphos municipality regardless of any financial disputes.

Hadjipanayiotou noted his dissatisfaction with Green Dot for their failure to show up at a May 23 meeting that was to discuss their dispute with Paphos municipality.

“I therefore expressly urge you to immediately resume the collection of recyclable packaging according to your obligations,” he added.

“Otherwise the responsibility will be fully yours.”

Recycling bins are overflowing in Paphos, and this on the cusp of the tourist season.

Due to the impasse, Hadjipanayiotou last month engaged the attorney-general, arguing that Green Dot has breached the terms of its contract.

And according to Sigma, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyalis entered the fray this week, appealing to the attorney-general for a ruling.

Kouyialis was said to be also considering economic sanctions against Green Dot, as well as issuing licences to other operators.

Green Dot is currently the sole licensed recycling outfit in Cyprus.

Back in March, Green Dot ended its collaboration with Paphos municipality, saying the local authority owed them more than a year’s worth of payments.

Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos had earlier accused the organisation of excessive charges and inefficiency.

Green Dot has likewise stopped servicing Paralimni, after the municipality ended its collaboration with the company.

In mid-April, the Union of Cyprus Municipalities said it was ceasing collective negotiations with Green Dot, leaving it up to individual municipalities to continue – or not – talks to extend their contract with the company.

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