(The following post describes recycling in Greece. It may sound a little primitive to the rest of the Europeans but you have been warned!!)
I have been involved and supporting recycling for a long time now. At first, the only things we could recycle were paper, glass and aluminum in different recycle bins (in addition I had to walk a long distance in order to reach them!), while nowadays we can also recycle plastic (at least the recyclable ones).
I have seen an dramatic reduction in the garbage volume: We currently have two bins at home (one for recyclable stuff excluding paper and one for the garbage), and I notice that the recycle bin get full three times before the garbage bin gets full for the first time!
I keep papers in a different bag, due to the amount of paper we recycle daily.
It’s not a matter of effort, it’s a matter of manner: By now, it’s a habit for all of us to distinguish recyclable stuff and put it in the recycle bin without second thought, almost mechanically. Now you don’t have to distinguish recyclable stuff into glass, aluminum and paper as we used to do some years ago, a blue recycle bin can be found in front of almost every block of flats next to the garbage bin, so there is no excuse for our indifference…
There is a very interesting (greek) blog, it’s called makeathensgreen.gr. There you may find some practical solutions and ideas about how to become even more “green”!
You can also find some interesting info on recycling at the following links (sorry-greek only!):
As for the recycling companies, you can find some of them at:
- ΑΝΑΚΥΚΛΩΣΗ ΣΥΣΚΕΥΩΝ Α.Ε. (ηλεκτρικές & ηλεκτρονικές συσκευές)
- ΑΦΗΣ Α.Ε. (ανακύκλωση μπαταριών)
- Οικολογική Εταιρεία Ανακύκλωσης