Larnaca municipality said on Tuesday it will introduce a Pay as You Throw waste management programme.

The announcement came as the municipality, which now encompasses Larnaca, Livadia and Oroklini, signed a contract for the preparation of a feasibility study for the establishment of a source separation and collection system for recyclable and organic waste.

“Following a tender process, the proposal of P. Nicolaides and Associates Ltd was approved,” the municipality said, adding that the company will now begin preparing the feasibility study.

The Pay As You Throw waste management programme was developed by the environmental department as part of the country’s compliance with EU directives, namely the Directive on Waste and the Directive on the Sanitary Landfill of Waste.

The pay-as-you-throw scheme, and the related obligations of all municipal authorities, will take full effect at the end of June 2024.

Pay-as-you-throw has already been implemented by Aglandjia municipality, which has reported a substantial reduction in waste volumes.