Nicosia municipality on Monday announced it will launch next week a clean-up campaign for empty plots and uninhabited houses, and will also provide a free pickup service for garden waste and bulky objects.

The campaign will last from May 9 to June 10, aiming to “more effectively manage the disruptions caused by the accumulation of vegetation or rubbish on private property,” according to a written announcement.

To this end, the municipality called on owners of such properties to clean them until Wednesday May 4, pointing out they also received the same request in the post.

The statement added that the municipality has begun delivering notices to the owners of uninhabited houses asking them to clean them up.

Uninhabited areas must be cleared within 15 days of receiving notice, it said.

“In the case of plots and uninhabited properties that are not cleaned by their owners, the municipality may proceed with cleaning them and charging the owners the corresponding fee,” which this year amounts to €85 per plot, while the charges for uninhabited premises will concern the cost of cleaning and disposal of waste.

The schedule for the garden waste and bulky rubbish collection programme can be found on the municipality’s website

Waste must be assembled two days before the set collection date “so as not to impede the smooth movement of vehicles and pedestrians and to protect the environment”.

In addition, the different categories of waste should be separated and disposed of separately. The three main categories are:

Tree cuttings and green garden waste (leaves, grass).

Electrical/electronic equipment such as refrigerators, washing machines, computers.

Bulky items no longer in use such as old mattresses and furniture.

“Cooperation between the municipality and the public is a prerequisite for the success of the campaign and the cleanliness of our city,” the statement finally said.

For more information people can call 22797007 (Citizen Service and Information Office), and 22797312/314 (Health Service).