New recycling plan a concern

A new government scheme that aims to reward citizens for recycling their trash might end up clashing with the established «blue bin» project run by municipal authorities, recycling groups warned yesterday. The new plan, approved this week by the Environment and Public Works Ministry, foresees the installation of special «compensatory recycling» kiosks with slots for different types of trash in Athens and other cities. Citizens who recycle their waste are given a coupon which entitles them to discounts at supermarkets. But some experts believe that a second system might hinder the progress of the scheme involving the blue bins which collected some 400,000 tons of waste last year. «The two systems will compete with each other and result in fewer funds going into recycling,» said Philippos Kirkitsos of the Ecological Recycling Society. He also expressed doubts about the practicality of the new scheme. «A system involving citizens depositing their trash piece by piece will probably be very time-consuming,» he said.

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