Cyprus Mail

Cigarette butts and straws predominate in beach clean-up

Students sorting the rubbish they clear up on Coral Bay beach

Pupils of the Paphos Apostolos Pavlos high school together with members of research centre Akti and the Peyia municipality on Wednesday collected 16 kilos of rubbish at Coral Bay beach.

Of the rubbish the children collected, separated and recorded, 65 to 70 per cent were cigarettes, which contain microplastics, followed by straws, lids from plastic bottles, earbuds and plastic bags.

The event is part of the [email protected] programme which is cofounded by the EU and participating countries.

Through a series of actions carried out in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, Meltemi aims to study the problem of marine litter in selected areas, to educate people and to help local authorities in taking measures to combat it.

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