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Two tonnes of rubbish, 531 of recyclables collected from beaches

File photo: litter left behind on an Akamas beach

Two tonnes of rubbish and 531 tonnes of recyclables were collected by members of the responsible coastal business network under the programme Zero Waste Beach, they announced on Friday.

Another five tonnes of rubbish were recycled over three months from 50 PMD recycling bins in the coastal tourist area of Paphos.

The campaign was started last year by the AKTI project and research centre with the support of Coca Cola in Cyprus.

“Unfortunately, the maritime region of Cyprus is also burdened by the fact that our neighbuoring countries are not bound by European legislation that sets out specific procedures and rules on waste management,” AKTI said.

Eighteen beach clean-up campaigns and 10 clean-up campaigns in the sea were carried out as part of the campaign.

The project involved 540 volunteers and 18 local authorities, while 1,600kg of rubbish was collected from the bottom of the sea, and another 220kg from the beach.

Coca Cola financed the ten sea clean-ups by selling its collectible glass bottles this year. The company contributed 15 per cent of its net sale of these bottles, raising €15,000 to support the programme.

A number of businesses judged to be leaders in waste management practices which are part of the responsible coastal businesses network of AKTI will be crowned champions for the second consecutive year in the context of the programme. This year 221 companies have participated in the competition.

Candidates will be judged by a five-member committee and the award ceremony will take place on November 7.


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