Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos put on his work overalls in the early hours of Friday and joined rubbish collection crews to see the problems first hand.
The mayor’s action was without warning. He accompanied crews throughout their shift to see the problems they and the public faced.
A written statement said the mayor inspected three crews and accompanied workers during their routes, a method he has used in the past.
“The aim of the inspections we have carried out many times to date is to record the problems in a bid to improve the sanitation service,” the mayor said. A lot of suggestions have also been adopted by the municipality, he added.
The service has improved significantly in recent years, especially after the renewal of its vehicle fleet and the installation of GPS, the statement said.
Karousos said a €3mln recycling programme was also in the pipeline, aiming to recycle 6,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Large hotels units in the popular holiday resort are currently installing compressors for organic waste that will then be transported to special composting units or used to produce biogas.