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Plastic tops list of beach rubbish

Around 80 per cent of rubbish on Cyprus’ beaches collected by the youth wing of the Green Party last year comprised plastics, followed by cigarette butts, they said on Wednesday.
“According to the findings, approximately 80 per cent of the garbage on all beaches were made from plastic materials,” the party said in a statement.
The largest quantities of rubbish were found in Ayios Anargyrous beach area in Protaras and Limassol’s Dasoudi, the count established. Some heavier items were found at Meneou beach in Larnaca such as wood and metal.
Waste was divided into four categories: small items made from various materials such as plastic, aluminum, glass, paper, and even clothing, which accounted for 38 per cent of the total.
Items such drinks bottles, bottle caps and cans came in at 28 per cent, cigarette butts 18 per cent and food wrappers made of various materials 9 per cent.
In Meneou clean-up crews found baby wipes, toilet paper, tampons, sanitary towels and condoms, which they associate with people camping out.
At Ayios Anargyrous in Protaras, they found remnants of partying such as cigarette butts and empty packs, party blowers and even confetti.
In Dasoudi they found only items related to smoking. The Greens noted that the Limassol municipality had carried out a large clean-up there but the machinery used would not have been able to gather butts “which are toxic to the marine environment”, it said.
At Yeronisos bay in Paphos the environmentalists found several dead animals, fishing gear, beverage containers and food wrappers.

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