The installation of submerged bins along the beachfront of Mackenzie in Larnaca has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of August, with neighboring Piale Pasha next in line for September.
Larnaca Mayor Andreas Vyras told CNA that works to construct and install the submerged bins began recently, in the framework of the program to reduce municipal solid waste from coastal hotels and other units producing waste in bulk, in the Larnaca district.
The program is being implemented by the Larnaca Municipality and the Department of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
Vyras noted that the bins will be placed at 16 points along the Larnaca coast, namely Mackenzie, Tasos Mitsopoulos Avenue, and Phinikoudes.
A total of 64 bins will be installed at a total cost of around €1.5 million.
According to the Mayor, this amount includes two large garbage collection vehicles equipped with a crane to lift the submerged bins, two lorries for skip containers and prunings, 25 small paper compressors installed in restaurants and supermarkets, 19 large compressors for paper and PMD, and a pruning shredder.
“The Larnaca Municipality will implement the project for five years and the agreement with the Department of Environment is that will the completion of this timeframe the equipment will remain with the Municipality for use. Also, every three months the Larnaca Municipality will submit a report to the Department of Environment with the results of recycling since the number of materials to be gathered will be weighed and recorded,” he said.
Vyras added that operations would be carried out in a way that would minimize any disturbance, taking into consideration the safety of visitors and traffic in the area.
Replying to questions, Vyras noted that the installation of the submerged bins would solve aesthetic and stench problems, caused by the existing large green bins, especially during the Summer months.
Furthermore, the volume of recyclable materials collected from coastal recreation centers and hotels would be increased, due to the sorting of solid waste at the source.
In conclusion, Vyras said the Larnaca Municipality displayed great sensitivity to environmental issues and participated in many recycling programs, including actions to reduce waste, save energy and use renewable energy sources.