Around 20kg of rubbish was collected during a beach clean-up organised by Hermes airports with the participation of students of the Saint Lazarus special school in Larnaca, an announcement said on Saturday.
Volunteers removed plastic bags, bottles, tins, cigarette butts and paper litter from Meneou beach in Larnaca. Much of the waste collected was sent by Hermes for recycling.
In addition to the pupils, employees of Hermes airports, ground handling services companies Swissport and LGS, the courier services company Airtrans Express (UPS) and the Cyprus Airports Food & Beverage participated in the clean-up campaign.
This is the second consecutive year the beach clean-up campaign has taken place to honour International Coastal Clean-up Day, the announcement said, as part of the environmental initiatives undertaken by Vantage Airport Group, one of Hermes Airports’ shareholders.
Chief Executive Officer of Hermes, Eleni Kaloyirou congratulated participants and said that the clean-up “has now become a tradition for Larnaca International Airport. Each and every one of us has an obligation to demonstrate our love for the environment, by safeguarding it from actions that lead to its pollution and destruction”.
The campaign was also supported by Kapnos Airport Shuttle, Larnaca Municipality and Hellenic Tzilalis Ltd, the company providing environmental technological services.