OVER 130 groups and 65 individuals have already volunteered to take part in Cyprus’ very first islandwide clean-up on September 29.

The main goal of the clean-up – in which 189 locations containing rubbish have already been located - is to get the island clean in one day.

“The islandwide campaign ‘Let’s do it Cyprus’ is part of the worldwide network of campaigns Let’s do it World and is aimed mainly at cleaning the Cypriot countryside in only one day,” said Environment Commissioner Charalambos Theopemptou.

Theopemptou was speaking at a news conference yesterday on the campaign.

According to Theopemptou, 189 locations have been found, with the help of volunteers, which have been deemed to need cleaning. “Around 50 per cent of these locations around the whole island have been ‘adopted’ by certain groups, such as environmental and cultural groups, companies, organisations and municipalities but also groups of members of the public,” he said.

The majority of locations have been found in Nicosia with 38 per cent, Limassol 32 per cent, Larnaca 12 per cent, Paphos 12 per cent and Famagusta six per cent.

“There are certain locations that are a bit dangerous so we’ll need help from the municipalities,” said Theopemptou, adding that they would try and recycle where they could.

Theopemptou also said that the initiative is being supported by nine government departments, 39 local authorities, four semi-governmental organisations, three academic institutions, ten private companies, and 49 youth centres and non-governmental organisations.

The campaign is a global one with 100 countries participating. The initiative began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 volunteers cleaned up 10,000 tonnes of waste in a day.

Sponsors for the event include Alpari Financial Services Ltd, Green Dot, Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and PriceWaterhouseCoopers among others.

To find out more or to take part look at the website on www.letsdoitcyprus.org/


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