Fighting Plastic Pollution in Cyprus: The Responsible Beach Bars Initiative
The project “Fighting plastic pollution in Cyprus: The Responsible Beach Bars Initiative” has been recognised as an innovative social initiative and therefore awarded by Beyond Plastic Med organisation (http://www.beyondplasticmed.org/)
This initiative aims to engage beach bars, snack shacks and beach restaurants (henceforth called beach bars), strewn around Cypriot beaches, to take ownership of ‘their’ stretch of beach in order to protect it and minimise the amount of marine litter, and especially plastic, left on it by their customers and in general beach goers. This will be achieved through a series of interrelated activities as follows: (1) Organisation and implementation of a workshop bringing together beach bar representatives (managers, bar tenders, workers) from around the island to record their opinions and views with regards to plastic waste, to identify the problems they face with regards to its management and to pinpoint easy to implement and effective solutions for its management; (2) Development of a concise but comprehensive guide for beach bars outlining the practices that they can implement to minimise plastic waste; (3) Implementation of an extensive awareness-raising campaign in the summer of 2017 targeting all beach bars on the island, where the Guide and a Decalogue of Good Practice will be disseminated; (4) Concurrently to the awareness-raising campaign, launch a competition for the beach bars that have managed to manage/reduce plastic waste most effectively over the summer period through synergistic activites with other key stakeholders; and (5) Organise an awards ceremony for the winning beach bars.
More information about the project:
Map of Responsible Beach Bars