In the framework of the information campaign that takes place within the implementation of the LIFE+ ATHENS-BIOWASTE project, the ATHENS-BIOWASTE working team organized an animation workshop at the 142nd Primary School of Athens in Kipriadou Region on the 3rd June 2014. The students of the 5th Class participated in the workshop, while many teachers also attended the workshop.
Relevant photographs are available to the following here.
The LIFE+ Athens-Biowaste information kiosk was set up at the Athens Science Festival (Tehnopolis, Gazi), on April 30-May 4, 2014. The project team provided information about biowaste separate collection and composting.
See relative photos here.
Representatives from the Department of Cleaning of the Municipality of Athens gave a thorough presentation of the biowaste separate collection and composting project in the auditorium of 9,84 at Technopolis, Gazi, on April 28, 2014. The attendees -the students and the Environmental Education Group of the Music School of Bartholomio, Ilia- were informed about waste management in general and more specifically about the new waste management techniques implemented in the Municipality of Athens.
In general, it can be supported that the activities of the ATHENS-BIOWASTE project have been implemented with significant success and the impact of the project is considered high for Greece and generally all EU members with poor biowaste separate collection. Its high innovation and demonstration value at national level can be justified as following:
The first pilot and up to now the sole biowaste separate collection system was planned and implemented by two Municipalities.
EDSNA, the waste management authority of the Region of Attika, accepted for the first time, source separated biowaste. For this reason, EDSNA adjusted its composting plant so as to further accept biowaste from different Municipalities in Attika Region. This is of great importance as no other infrastructure is available at the moment.
Compost quality analysis (from source separated biowaste) took place for the first time in Greece, allowing better planning and design of future composting plants.
Awareness on biowaste source separation took place for the first time in Greece disseminating new terms to public such as biowaste, composting, etc.
All project results and deliverables have been widely disseminated throughout the project via the website, social media, conferences, etc. and have approached a large number of stakeholders.
Above all, it boosted separate collection of biowaste, as it provided the reference point for Greek stakeholders. It shall be noted that separate collection and composting of biowaste will be one of the core priorities for funding under the national structural funds.
At international level, Athens Biowaste has already been acknowledged in the framework of the international conference taken place in June 2014 with more than 800 participants worldwide. The Athens Biowaste model is its main innovation and demonstration value as it can be applied worldwide, allowing local authorities to evaluate biowaste separate collection and treatment schemes starting from scratch.
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