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    This topic aims to focus on informative issues and educational material regarding the local situation with waste management in BSB target areas.


    Some important findings regarding the situation of waste management in the wider area of Thessaloniki have derived through the project Deliverable D.T1.1.1 Prepared Zero Waste Management Guides (Parts Α and B of the ΑΤ.1.1).
    In the context of this guide, in order to achieve a better and integrated perception of the current situation, qualitative primary research was conducted. Four stakeholders involved in Municipal Waste Management processes were in-depth interviewed in separated teleconferences: a member of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, a representative of a Civil Society Organisation involved in Ecology issues, an employee of the Cleaning Department of Municipality of Thessaloniki and the owner of a recycling private company.
    They all believe that the most important problem of waste management in Greece is the fact that a high percentage of the produced municipal Solid Waste goes to landfills. There is a need for the development of modern structures and facilities for alternative and more “eco-friendly” management systems.
    Another crucial problem is the lack of “recycling & reuse culture” in the Greek society. Civil Society Organisations and individual citizens should be informed and be made aware of more viable and eco-friendly waste management approaches and systems. Non-formal educational workshops organised by teachers or ecological NGOs – like the ones implemented within project ZeroWasteBSB – could help pupils to adopt more eco-friendly and viable daily habits for waste management in their lives.
    The existing recyclable materials management “system” is not profitable for the potential investors, who are interested in running a business in this field. There are also illegal practice of collecting metals or electronic and electric devices, causing unfair competition with the legitimate companies in the sector.
    Many steps should be taken and bureaucracy should be overcοme for the smooth and effective operation of the “Green Spots” promoted by the EU for “sorting at the source” of the recyclable materials.
    Another key problem identified is in the assignment of responsibilities without subsequent control over the progress of implementation. In particular, the responsibility for waste management has been transferred to the Local Government without, however, a centrally implemented implementation control mechanism.
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    Sharing an interesting event for March 2022, on circular economy. We hope all members find it interesting.


    Local municipality is responsible for the management of waste that is why the mayors of the municipalities are in the BoD OF the local waste management agency. The agency is lead by municipalities and they should do whatever it takes for waste not to end up in the local landfill.


    We have witnessed a good practice of protecting the marine and coastal environment the past days in the area of Thessaloniki. The overwhelming amount of 40 tons of tyres were collected, removed and transferred to recycling facilities by a private company. The initiative was taken by the Head of the regional department of Development and Environment of Central Macedonia, while synergies were built with the project «plastic busters MPAS», run by the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
    An interesting question is if this initiative is included in an approved regional cleaning and remediation programme regarding the coasts of the area of Thessaloniki, how it is funded and if it will be continued with more supporting activities in the same direction.

    Thessaloniki: Thermaikos hid 40 tons of tires – The cleaning left everyone speechless

    Θεσσαλονίκη: Ο Θερμαϊκός έκρυβε 40 τόνους ελαστικά – Ο καθαρισμός άφησε άφωνους τους πάντες


    The cleaning company responsible for waste disposal and cleaning has begun periodic cleaning of the vessels in which the inhabitants of the maritime municipality dispose of their municipal waste.

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