Cyprus Mail

Green Dot to resume collections

Green Dot Cyprus will begin collecting recyclable waste in Paphos after months of standoff, the company announced on Friday.

Following a meeting between Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyalis, Chairman of Green Dot Mike Spanos and Environment Department chief Costas Hadjipanayiotou, the company said they would resume their work within the next few days.

Hadjipanayiotou had a day earlier sent a letter to the Green Dot, asking them to immediately recommence the collection of recyclable waste in Paphos as the terms of their licence required them to do so regardless of any financial disputes.

Last month, he had even involved the attorney-general, saying the company had breached the terms of its contract. Earlier this week, Kouyalis stepped in appealing to the AG for a ruling and was said to be also considering economic sanctions against Green Dot, as well as issuing licences to other operators.

Green Dot is the sole recycling firm on the island.

“Green Dot Cyprus, respecting their mission, the public and the institutions of the country, will be resuming work, collecting recyclable materials in Paphos in the next few days,” the company said.

As the tourist season kicks in, Paphos had overflowing recycling bins because in March, the company 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 overcharging and of inefficiency.

Another meeting is scheduled for Wednesday between Kouyalis, Spanos and Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis in a bid to bridge the differences between the company and the municipality there.

Echoing much of the same concerns as Paphos municipality, Paralimni also stopped collaborating with Green Dot.

Spanos also agreed to hold a meeting with Hadjipanayiotou in the near future to solve problems that have existed in the recycling sector for a long time, the Green Dot statement said.

The company also thanked the minister for intervening to resolve the problem in favour of citizens and the country.

It pledged to continue servicing the public.

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