By Chris Elliott…..

Daily we can all read about the never ending growth of the Rubbish Mountains that are threatening our lives by taking over and clogging up our environment.

A lot of people and organisations are talking about doing something and the European Commission said in its recent proposal that it is necessary to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas including  plastic cutlery and straws and other plastic items, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Living on an island in the Mediterranean we are faced with a constant flow of plastic and other material washing up on our beaches and increasing the task we have of dealing with it and it is good to read of NGO’s and others who go out and try to clean the beaches.

Here in North Cyprus we have a big task to educate the communities to increase their efforts to recycle paper, metal and plastics and when in the picnic areas or on the beaches, to take their rubbish home and recycle it and not just cast it to one side for others to deal with.

So what else can we do in North Cyprus?

Plastics are a real life threatening form of rubbish and we applaud a recent initiative started on Facebook “No Straws North Cyprus” (click here) encouraging people to refuse to accept a straw with the drink they purchase.

Take the challenge and say NO to a STRAW and help stop the growing mountains of plastics which are threatening lives and will last longer than you and I.

Thank you.