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Waste management needed to improve our quality of life
WASTE management is perhaps the most important aspect for the protection of water, soil, air, flora, fauna, the ecosystem of the island and on improving our quality of life, Agriculture and Environment Minister Nicos Kouyialis said yesterday.
Speaking at an event held by the Cyprus Scouts and Green Dot Cyprus, Kouyialis said the protection of the environment is the main aim of the ministry as it is responsible for implementing much of the environmental legislation.
“With Cyprus joining the EU many action-plans by the public have been put in place to help protect the environment relating to waste management,” he said.
“The plans which have been put in place have made producers of products like batteries, electrical and electronic waste, tyres and packaging more responsible for the management of their waste,” he added.
The minister said that the result of these actions brings us closer to achieving the recycling targets set by EU directives and provides more awareness on the subject towards the public.
“The public’s involvement in recycling and environmental awareness is an essential part of reaching environmental goals set out by EU directives,” he added.
Kouyialis said that the public’s effort to participate is being aided by the scout’s campaign “Scouts are informing and recycling. What about you?” which has been organised in cooperation with Green Dot Cyprus.
“Scouts will go door-to-door to all of the major cities on the island to inform the public about recycling and waste management,” Kouyialis said.
Yeroskipou Municipality announced yesterday it will be taking part in a new programme which will collect recyclable goods from door-to-door. Mayor Michalis Pavlides said there will no longer be recycling drop-off points in the municipality, with the public benefitting from door-to-door collections.
Pavlides said hotels will have recyclable goods collected twice a week while residential areas will have them collected once a week.