City of Athens launches initiative to encourage composting

As part of the Greek capital’s uphill battle with urban waste management, the City of Athens on Tuesday announced that it will be distributing 2,000 composting bins to as many households in the metropolitan area by 2015 in order to encourage homes to recycle their organic waste.

The bins will be distributed to homes or apartment building with gardens. Residents will be encouraged to recycle their fruit and vegetable peelings, plant cuttings and other organic waste into fertilizer.

The bins must be placed on soil in a spot that receives good morning and afternoon light. They cannot be placed on concrete or stone floors.

The bins will be accompanied by an information leaflet on their use, while municipal teams will be available to ensure that they are being used correctly.

Athens residents interested in joining the scheme and receiving a composting bin for free can fill in the relevant form on or call 210.347.0643 & 210.340.2445 by September 30.

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