Reducing Construction and Plastic Waste Panel held in Nicosia
The European Commission is supporting a new awareness raising campaign about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling with a focus on plastic waste and in line with the new European Commission Plastic Strategy. The campaign aims to encourage individuals to reduce their single use plastics consumption and will be promoted locally on radio, billboards, social media and the press. A “Reducing Construction and Plastic Waste” Panel took place on 27 July at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in Nicosia.
After the opening speeches by Mr. Ierotheos Papadopoulos, the Head of the European Commission in Cyprus, Mr. Jaromir Manhart presented the EU policy on plastic and construction waste and the best examples from EU Member States. In his presentation, Manhart indicated the EU's waste hierarchy and priority order in waste prevention, management legislation and policy. After his presentation, Ms. Ayşe Akanser discussed the local implementations on waste reduction, reusing and recycling. In her presentation, Akanser provided detailed information about the regulations on various types of wastes. The panel discussion continued with Mr. Andy Whiteman's presentation on the integrated waste management plan for the Turkish Cypriot community and extended producer responsibility. In his presentation, Whiteman gave detailed information about the delegate arrangement to which producers are entrusted with responsibility for organizing and financing the recycling and management system for post-consumer goods. The panel ended with a fruitful Q&A session.
In 2006 the European Union allocated €19.5 million for the solid waste sector. The projects covered short-term priority measures foreseen in the solid waste master plan adopted by the Turkish Cypriot community in 2008. These included the construction of a central sanitary non-hazardous landfill in Koutsoventis/Güngör which also includes a small-scale hazardous waste storage facility, the construction of a waste transfer station in Famagusta, the supply of long-haul waste transfer trucks, a small-scale treatment facility for infectious medical waste at the Nicosia public hospital, the restoration of the Dikomo/Dikmen dumpsite near Nicosia, the supply of a semi-mobile construction and demolition waste pre-conditioning equipment and green waste shredding (pre-composting) equipment
During 2012 to 2017, the European Commission allocated approximately an additional €6 million for the increasing of the TCc's solid waste management capacity, including works for the second phase of the Koutsoventis/Güngör landfill, the upgrade of a medical waste sterilisation facility and the supply of waste trucks.