Dumpers warned

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A YEARLY clean-up of Boğaz pic­nic area pro­duced 130 bin bags full of lit­ter — and a plea by Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü for the pub­lic to stop turn­ing the leisure fa­cil­ity into a rub­bish dump.

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity staff col­lected the haul of rub­bish from the Forestry Com­mis­sion-con­trolled area last week­end be­fore mov­ing on to do the same on the by­pass be­tween Girne and Al­san­cak, which comes un­der the High­ways De­part­ment. In ad­di­tion to rub­bish and weeds be­ing cleared from the cen­tral reser­va­tion, road­side trees were also pruned and lit­ter re­moved from where it had been thrown from pass­ing ve­hi­cles.

“Some peo­ple have an un­for­tu­nate per­cep­tion that they are en­ti­tled to dump any­thing they don’t want be­cause our mu­nic­i­pal­ity staff will au­to­mat­i­cally pick it up”, said Mr Güngördü. “Vis­i­tors to the pic­nic site should use a plas­tic bag for their rub­bish and that should then be put into dust­bins which are pro­vided for them to use. We also ask peo­ple to think twice be­fore throw­ing lit­ter out of their ve­hi­cles and to dis­pose of it prop­erly.

“Aware­ness of the need to do this can be raised through ed­u­ca­tion and we have pre­vi­ously dis­trib­uted brochures about the is­sue with the ob­jec­tive that peo­ple will form a habit of not pol­lut­ing, rather than the re­verse.”

Some 130 bags of rub­bish were col­lected by Girne Mu­nic­i­pal­ity staff dur­ing the an­nual rub­bish clean up at Boğaz pic­nic area

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