The aim of the “On-the-go recycling” action is to encourage local authorities and local societies to reduce plastic waste and improve collection infrastructure

An additional fifty bins have been placed, for the second consecutive year, in coastal areas of Paphos for the collection of plastic, metal and paper packaging (PMD), within the framework of the pioneering “Zero Waste Beach” programme, implemented by the AKTI Project & Research Centre and Coca‑Cola HBC Cyprus with the support of the Coca‑Cola Foundation to reduce marine plastic pollution.

One of the main pillars of “Zero Waste Beach” is “On-the-go recycling”. Twenty recycling bins were donated last year and placed in the Municipality of Geroskipou and Kissonerga community as part of this action, while last Thursday, 5 September 2019, an additional fifty PMD bins were donated and placed in the same areas.

It is reminded that last year, over the course of just three weeks, almost 5 tons of recyclable PMD waste was collected from 20 bins spanning 50 metres of coastline, which would have otherwise ended up in mixed waste.

This action encourages local authorities, but also local societies to pay more attention to the effort to reduce plastic waste and improve the waste collection infrastructure, thus contributing to an increase in recycling.

The PMD recycling category includes plastic bottles / jars, metal packaging and tetra pak packaging. All recyclable waste that is gathered in the bins, will be collected and transferred to the Green Point at Paphos’ waste disposal plant (XYTA), where members of the AKTI Project & Research Centre will separate and record it by source. It is worth noting that in early October, this successful practice will also be adopted in Malta, where the “Zero Waste Beach” programme is also being implemented, with the installation of 25 PMD recycling bins.

“Zero Waste Beach” has five main objectives: to reduce waste that ends up in the coastal or marine areas of Cyprus, to promote innovative and sustainable practices to coastal businesses, local authorities and the public, to raise awareness in public opinion about marine plastic pollution, to establish annual clean-up campaigns, and to identify and create a record of the recyclable waste produced by coastal businesses.

It is reminded that as part of the programme, another five seabed clean-ups will be carried out in September, at various beaches in Cyprus, while within the coming days, the details will be announced for the second competition for coastal businesses that adopted responsible and sustainable waste management practices.