Here’s my latest story for our team site on recycling initiatives in Greece. It’s a topic I’m glad I got to explore while I was in Thessaloniki.
Story by Gwendolyn Schanker ·
THESSALONIKI, Greece – Large plastic blue bins dot the streets of Thessaloniki, intended for citizens to dispose of their plastic, paper and aluminum. The ubiquitous – and often chock-full – receptacles signify rising awareness of recycling initiatives, but Greece still has a long way to go in embracing environmental awareness.
The EU has set a goal of recycling 50 percent of household waste by 2020. According to theEuropean Environment Agency, only 19 percent of municipal waste was recycled in Greece in 2014, the last year for which data are available. That number has risen by nearly 10 percent over the last decade, but is still low when Greece is compared to other European countries: For example…
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