Livadia first in recycling packaging in Larnaca District for 2017

The Municipality of Livadia was first in recycling waste packaging in the Larnaca District for the year 2017, for a second year running.

In an interview with CNA, Livadia Mayor Marios Armenis said that, according to the results of 2017, the Municipality gathered a total of 319 tonnes of recyclable materials, that is 135 tonnes of PMD, 169 tonnes of paper, and 15 tonnes of glass.

In 2016 a total of 264 tonnes were collected, specifically 118 tonnes of PMD, 133 tonnes of paper, and 13 tonnes of glass, he added.

Armenis noted that the Municipality of Livadia participates with 38kg/citizen a year in the recycling of packaging, while the average for the Larnaca District is 34kg/citizen a year.

By category, Livadia participates in PMD with 17kg/citizen, while the average of the Larnaca District is 12kg/citizen, in paper with 19kg/citizen with the average being 17kg/citizen, and in glass with 2kg/citizen with the average for the District being 4kg/citizen.

It is a fact that the Municipality of Livadia is doing very well in the recycling of PMD and glass, Armenis said, noting that there is room for improvement, especially in the recycling of glass, for which there are five collection points, with more on the way.

Asked if other measures have been examined in this direction, Armenis said that the Municipal Council is discussing ways to do this and that the general aim is to continually increase the collection of recyclable materials.

Replying to questions, Armenis said the Municipality of Livadia began recycling about 15 years ago, and over the past few years the collection of recyclable materials, namely plastic and glass, is done from door to door, every Friday.

He said the interest of the citizens in recycling was high, which was evident by the fact that the Town Hall receives many telephone calls from citizens who are interested in recycling.

Armenis also said that this year, 2018/2019, we will be handing out, as in the 2017/2018 school year, recycling bags to every child in the two elementary schools, to be used at home.

The reason the Municipality of Livadia hands out recycling bags to young students is the fact that we have realised that the children can easily influence their parents and relatives to participate in recycling programmes, Armenis said.

He added that at the request of the students of both elementary schools, last week more bins were placed at the schools for the recycling of plastic and paper, since the use of these two materials is quite high.

The children themselves, he said, had inquired about the addition of more bins, since there was nowhere to dispose of the materials when the recycling bins were full.

According to Armenis, the Municipality of Livadia participates every year in the programme Clean Cyprus in a Day, and is satisfied with the response of the citizens to the call for participation in this programme, and by recycling issues in general.

We are very satisfied with the participation of our citizens in the recycling programme and twice a year informative material is sent to the households, he explained.

Furthermore, according to Armenis, every month skips are placed at various points within the municipal boundaries of Livadia, so that citizens can dispose of various bulky objects, such as furniture and prunings, to avoid polluting the environment.

The interview 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