Gold distinction for Zero Waste Beach in Cyprus Tourism Awards

Zero Waste Beach has received a gold distinction in this year’s Cyprus Tourism Awards.

According to a press release, Zero Waste Beach has mobilised dozens of businesses along Cyprus’ seafront, including hotels, cafeterias, restaurants, supermarkets, beach bars and kiosks, which participated in the effort to set up a network of responsible coastal businesses, with an aim to address marine litter, especially concerning plastic.

For the first time, a competition was held for champions in actions to reduce plastic litter, namely Zero Waste Champions Competition, in which 54 coastal businesses took part, of which five received awards for applying sustainable practices, as well as two local authorities, those of Yeroskipou and Kissonerga, for supporting the project.

Another action implemented during the first year of the programme was placing fifty PMD recycling bins along seafront walkways, in cooperation with local authorities. On-the-go-recycling managed to collect 4.2 tonnes of PMD along 5 coastal kilometers during the first three weeks. This is just an indication of how much recyclable material ends up in landfills.

Furthermore, beaches and parts of the seabed were cleaned with the participation of coastal businesses, schools and volunteers.

Lastly, recyclable waste produced by coastal businesses was identified and recorded. All data was processed by AKTI Project and Research Centre and is available on the internet.

Zero Waste Beach was launched in 2018 by AKTI, with the support of The Coca-Cola Foundation. The gold distinction for Zero Waste Beach at the Cyprus Tourism Awards 2019 was received by Kalia Patsia, Communication and Public Relations Director at Lanitis Bros.

The Cyprus Tourism Awards are under the auspices of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism and the Cyprus Hotels Association.

The report is in the context of the project Rethink: Reduce- Reuse � Recycle which is funded by the EU programme LIFE+ (project code: LIFE13 INF/CY/000910) of the EU. Coordinating Beneficiary: CyBC. Partners: Green Dot Cyprus, Department of Environment, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, CNA, Fost Plus Belgium

Source: Cyprus News Agency