The Recycling Fair and Environment-themed Festival recently took place near the premises of the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, within the walled city of Famagusta.
The event was organised by the Green Peace Movement in the framework of the Cans of Hope Project, which is financed by the European Commission.
The event was a whole-day occasion with a variety of activities taking place.
People who attended the Fair had the chance to see exhibits having to do with various environmental campaigns.
They also had the opportunity to see hand-made products from the region and to win prizes by taking part in competitions regarding the environment.
People of all ages, from school children to individuals from older age groups, had the chance to broaden their environmental awareness and learn ways of protecting nature through fun activities.
Green Peace Movement head Ersun Aytac said that the aim of the event and their Cans of Hope project was to raise awareness of recycling by meeting and handing out information to people face to face.
As he put it: in this way, people would be able to learn the sustainability of recycling habits – which was the reason for organising the event.
The festival was also supported by the Famagusta Council. Speaking at the event, Council chief Ismail Arter stressed the importance of recycling for the environment and thanked the Green Peace Movement and all of the non-governmental organisations for contributing to the occasion.
Arter stressed that the Council will display more respect for the environment while conducting its projects, and affirmed that recycling had come to prominence all over the world.
He expressed the wish that the community would in turn become more aware of environmental problems and adopt the practice of recycling.
The Famagusta Recycling Fair was the first of a number of planned introductory events within the framework of the Cans for Hope project. Another three such events are set to take place in other areas in the north.
Several organisations and institutions that are supporting and contributing to the Cans of Hope project, such as Cans for Kids, the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation and the Famagusta Initiative, had stands at the Fair.