The LIFE+ ATHENS-BIOWASTE project refers to the separate collection of food waste in two Municipalities in the Attica Region (City of Athens and Kifissia Municipality). The video refers to the implementation of the initiative within the City of Athens in Kypriadou and Gazi. The first results are encouraging. The ATHENS-BIOWASTE project is coordinated by the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology of the National Technical University of Athens and more information is available at: www.biowaste.gr & www.facebook.com/athensbiowaste. Continue reading →
The ATHENS-BIOWASTE working team would like to inform you that the initiative of the separate collection of food waste has been expanded in Kypriadou Pilot Area within the Municipality of Athens since 24th February, 2014. For this reason, notices have already been placed on buildings and companies of retail store sanitation in the area B (please find the attached map, where the marked area A on the map is one of the areas that the food waste separate collection is already implemented). An information kiosk has also been set at Papadiamanti square. Large brown bins have been placed on the streets since 25th February.
In context with the dissemination actions of the LIFE+ Project ATHENS-BIOWASTE, the Directorate of Waste Management and Recycling of the Municipality of Athens conducted a workshop on cartoon and animation. The workshop took place at the 139th Primary School of Athens in Kypriadou Pilot Area on 31st January 2014. Pupils of the 5th and 6th class of Primary School as well as the educational staff of the school attended the workshop.
Following the placement of 34 brown bins (660lt capacity) for the collection of biowaste in the streets of Kipriadou which took place on October 2nd, 2013, 3 additional brown bins (1.100lt capacity) were placed on December 4th,, 2013 for the collection of biowaste. It is noted that the bucket of 660lt opens using two small openings on the lid, while the bucket of 1.100lt opens by lifting the lid. Therefore, the implementation of the program for the separate collection and composting of leftovers from restaurants / cafés is continued. Companies of retail food store sanitation were alerted and informed again by the note of the relevant Department of Sanitation & Recycling of the Municipality of Athens.
Click here to view photos from the placement of 3 three brown bins (1.100lt capacity) for the collection of biowaste in the streets of Kipriadou.
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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