03 April 2014 15:32

More than 7,000 volunteers had by yesterday already signed up for Sunday's countrywide 'Let's Do It Cyprus!' clean-up.
Speaking to The Cyprus Daily yesterday, project manager Stella Michael said: "Our preparations are in the final stretch. We already have 7,000 volunteers and the number is still growing."
Noting that final participation numbers from the National Guard and hunting organisations were pending, Michael said more people were also expected to turn up on the day.
"Soon all the participating groups will have the materials they need," she said, adding the flagship section of the effort in Nicosia, starting at the Dekatrion Osiomartyron ke Omologiton chapel in the park behind the Presidential Palace, would begin at 10am, ending three hours later.
"We are very pleased with the responseā€”last time there were 4,000 volunteers," Michael said, adding that although there were now enough teams to cover all the areas included in the effort, more volunteers were welcome to join in.
"By Sunday afternoon we'll have an idea of how much rubbish was collected and what percentage of that can be recycled," she said.
To find out more and join in, visit www.letsdoitcyprus.org or the effort's official Facebook page or call 70009055.
Prior to Sunday's effort, meanwhile, Ayios Athanasios Municipality in Limassol will be holding a Saturday, April 5 clean-up.
According to an announcement, volunteers will congregate outside the Grammar School in the Panthea area at 9am and clean up the surrounding areas. Call 25864145 during municipality office hours to sign up to this particular clean-up.
Speaking about the Let's do it Cyprus! Campaign Commissioner for the Environment Ioanna Panayiotou noted it was part of the wider 'Let's do it World' effort which has become the largest volunteer movement on the globe.
She said that over 100 countries were taking part. Cyprus participated for the first time on September 29, 2012 when 4,000 volunteers collected over 20 tonnes of litter.
Panayiotou also revealed that Cypriots produce two kilos of rubbish per day, putting the country at the top of the EU in terms of per capita rubbish production. According to the most recent figures available, those for 2010, she said, the per capita rubbish production in Cyprus was 691kg per year.


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