Increasing regional innovation capacities for
resources efficiency and integrated waste management through cooperation, research and technological development
Through a shift in Strategic Planning towards higher levels of the waste management hierarchy and accelerated adoption of innovative solutions Paphos is paving the way for improved waste management performance
Within the process of adopting the Waste Management Hierarchy Pyramid, Paphos Municipality has concluded that the application of innovative technologies can go a long way towards implementing a sustainable waste management strategy.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a member state of the European Union. The Republic of Cyprus has a population of about 840 thousand inhabitants and covers an area of almost 6000 km². The island is inhabited by two ethnic communities; Greek Cypriot Community and Turkish Cypriot Community. The Turkish invasion resulted in the occupation of 36% of the island’s territory.
The WASTECOSMART cluster is located in the Paphos District, in the western part of Cyprus. It counts with a population of about 88 thousand inhabitants and represents 15.1% of the total area of the island. Its coastal area is characterized by gulfs and coves, capes and points, beaches and tiny isles.
Like the other clusters of the WASTECOSMART project, the Paphos region cluster counts with three different partners representing academia, business and public authorities. The academia partner is the Neapolis University Paphos that participates with its Innovation Research and Development Centre. The business partner is Atlantis Consulting Cyprus Ltd., a company providing environmental management and management consultancy services to organizations of the private and public sector in Cyprus and the EU. And the public authority is the Municipality of Paphos.
Cyprus is among the largest per capita Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) producers in the EU. Waste reduction is therefore a major priority for the country. Even though the collection of packaging waste and other special waste streams is in place, separation at source is at very low levels and a policy needs to be put in place.
Approximately 20% of the 670 kg per capita (2012) of waste generated by the population in the country is recycled whereas the highest share is landfilled. To improve the situation, the cluster’s partners aim to optimise the collection system, increase the recycling rate, develop a sustainable waste management system, and involve the private sector and to apply innovative technologies and methods optimising resource efficiency.
The priority target of the country is to create an efficient management of natural resources and waste by adopting the principles of the Waste Management Hierarchy Pyramid (WMHP). This initiative would reduce to the minimum any negative effects to the human health and the environment.
For more information about this cluster:
Public authority: http://pafos.org.cy/en/
Name: Charalambos Panayiotou
Company: ATLANTIS SYMVOULEYTIKI KYPROU LTD