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New inspectors to clamp down on fly-tipping

Municipalities will receive help from 118 newly appointed inspectors to tackle illegal rubbish dumping, the agriculture ministry announced on Wednesday.

“This will help prevent the uncontrolled tipping of garbage by roads, plots and fields,” said Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis.

“As part of the goal of the municipality’s effort to stamp out illegal dumping and to protect public health – our ministry has appointed the new inspectors,” Kadis said.

Inspectors will receive complaints from the public through their municipality and will also patrol the neighbourhood during their shifts to catch any fly-tippers.

“The inspectors will have the power to issue out-of-court fines to individuals and companies that do not comply with the needs of proper waste management,” Kadis said.

Individuals caught dumping waste illegally will be warned by the inspector to move them before a certain date, or else they will be fined €200. If they fail to comply with the instructions, they will receive an additional fine of €400 – but fines are much harsher for companies.

The ministry’s initial announcement in November allowed for the appointment of 74 inspectors following a demand raised by municipalities which said they could no longer cope with the scale of fly-tipping.

But more interest was shown by municipal workers to take on the positions and the scheme expanded to all the municipalities. Training took part in three different sessions.

As recently as November 2019 there was still rampant fly-tipping at protected Natura 2000 sites, such as the area around Paralimni lake.

 

 

 

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