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Cyprus adopts ''Pay as You Throw'' system to tackle surging municipal waste

Facing a 5% rise in municipal solid waste, Cyprus gears up for a sustainable future with a


The Statistical Service of Cyprus reveals a 5% surge in municipal solid waste, reaching 615,000 tonnes in 2022. Per capita waste generation stands at 673 kg, ranking Cyprus the 5th highest in the EU. With 77.5% disposed of in landfills, the nation is gearing up for a "Pay as You Throw" (PAYT) system.

In a bid to curb waste, by the end of 2024, 2/3 of Cyprus' population is expected to adopt the PAYT system. Eleni Constantinidou, from the Department of Environment, outlines plans starting from July 1, with six municipalities leading the way. By June 2024, further assessments for Nicosia, West Limassol, and Limassol are set to be completed.

The PAYT system introduces fees based on waste quantity. Preliminary estimates suggest six cents per liter for plastic bags. The fixed fee, yet to be determined, will encompass a cleaning fee. Municipalities aim to implement mandatory sorting and separate collection by June 30, 2024, aligning with EU directives.

Concerns arise about the fixed amount for households, with debates in the Parliament's Environment Committee. President Charalambos Theopemptou emphasizes the need to fulfill EU obligations, warning of possible sanctions. Challenges include apartment complex waste sorting and the practicality of composting units.

Amid these concerns, Cyprus faces EU targets: 55% municipal waste recycling by 2025, rising to 60% by 2030, and 65% by 2035. Separate collection of hazardous waste and bio-waste, alongside incentives like PAYT, propel Cyprus towards sustainable waste management.

In the face of environmental imperatives, Cyprus grapples with waste issues, striving to align with EU directives and implement effective waste reduction measures.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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