Area: 5896 km2 *

Population: 0.865 million

Density: 146 inhabitants/km2

GDP: 20,700 per capita in € **

Amount of MSW (2011): 658 kg/capita


Academia: Neapolis University Paphos, Neapolis Innovation Research and Development Centre

Business: Atlantis Consulting Cyprus Ltd. 

Public authority: Municipality of Paphos 


Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a member state of the European Union. It is located in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Isreal and north of Egypt. The total area of the island is 9,251 km2 and the total population in 2013 according to the EUROSTAT was 865,878. The Republic of Cyprus is divided into six districts; Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos. Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus. The nothern part of Cyprus (almost 36% of island's territiry) is under Turkish military occupation since the Turkish invasion of 1974.   


Waste management


  • Waste generated: 660 kg/capita ***
  • Waste collected: 521.2 kg/capita ***
  • Waste recycling: 19.78% 
  • Waste energy recovery: 0%
  • Waste to landfill: 80.22%

System of source separation at household level


Cyprus is the largest per capita urban waste producer in the EU. Waste reduction is therefore a major priority. Separation at source is at very low levels and a policy needs to be put in place. Collection of packaging waste and other special waste streams is in place but phases issues with levels of collection and cost.


Key needs and aspirations in innovative waste management


  • To optimise the collection system;
  • To increase the recycling rate;
  • To map existing resources and regional features required to establish an optimised and versatile system;
  • To develop a sustainable waste management system;
  • To involve the private sector and to apply innovative technologies and methods optimising resource efficiency.  



*     Concerns only the area under effective control by the Republic of Cyprus.

**   Data from 2012.

*** Data from 2011.