ENVIRONMENT Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and municipalities across the island are seeking volunteers to take part in the “Let’s do it Cyprus!”, an island wide clean-up event scheduled to take place on April 6.
The “Let’s do it Cyprus!” is a part of the “Let’s do it World” clean-up campaign, which originated in Estonia. In 2008, Estonians organised a country wide campaign action and collected 10, 000 tons of waste by more than 50,000 volunteers in one day.
Following Estonia’s lead many countries also started their own country clean-up events. Today more than 100 countries, according to the press release, have joined the clean-up campaign.
Cyprus joined the “Let’s do it” movement in 2012, organising an event in which over 4,000 volunteers gathered 20 tons of garbage, according to figures provided by the organisers.
“Cyprus is considered a country littered with garbage. Cypriots produce 2 kg of garbage per capita daily, placing our island on the number one spot of the per capita production board amongst EU countries,” the commissioner said. “According to 2010 statistics, the annual per capita waste production for Cyprus was 691 kg. This is a reality we have to change.
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