The Municipality of Athens gives a dynamic “present” to important European initiatives aimed at shaping environmental awareness, encouraging citizens to contribute to the great effort for the protection of the environment and the reduction of waste production in their daily lives.
For the second year, the Cleaning and Recycling Directorate of the Municipality of Athens is actively participating in the European Waste Reduction Week (EWWR), Europe’s largest communication campaign for production prevention and waste reduction.
Through this special campaign, local governments, public authorities, associations, companies, collective recycling systems and educational institutions have the opportunity to organize workshops, exhibitions, competitions, updates or events, with the aim of raising awareness and educating the public.
The key word in the European Waste Reduction Week EWWR 2021 is the “collaboration” between individuals or groups of people, in order to design and build communities, based on the circular economy approach across Europe, with the aim of moving towards sustainable consumption patterns. and production.
Experiential recycling action with the new generation in the National Garden
This year, the Municipality of Athens joined forces with the Scouts of Athens, giving an active role to the new generation, which is the core for a better and responsible society for tomorrow. Dozens of children, aged 7 to 11, were today in the National Garden and in the presence of the Mayor of Athens K. Bakogiannis participated in an experiential recycling action, which was implemented in collaboration with the laboratory “POIO” of the Municipality of Athens.
The aim of today’s educational activity was for the young scouts to experience the theme of the European Waste Reduction Week “Reduction, Reuse, Recycling” and to become aware of the environment with the help of technology and play.
As part of the action, the WHO laboratory of the Municipality of Athens created special solid constructions for recycling materials, which were created from recyclable materials recovered by the Directorate of Cleaning and Recycling, to be used in the sorting of materials (plastic, glass, aluminum) children in imaginative and creative recycling activities.
The Scouts recovered materials by category (paper, glass, aluminum and plastic) which were then collected at the specially designed recycling stations in the area, and through a clever puzzle game and treasure hunt inside the National Garden, learned its value. materials reuse and recycling.
Then, the children participated in experiential workshops of circular economy of reuse of the materials they had collected and were classified by species, in collaboration with the laboratory “POIO” of the Municipality of Athens.
At the end of the action, each scout received as a gift a cloth reusable recycling bag from EOAN, as well as the constructions created by the workshops of the POIO laboratory of the Municipality of Athens.
A few days earlier the Scouts of Athens had the opportunity to attend talks, presentations and discussions on recycling, receiving extensive information on available recycling methods and its importance in the circular economy and sustainable development. The keynote speaker of the event was the Deputy Mayor of Cleaning and Recycling of the Municipality of Athens, Mr. Avramidis Nikolaos, while the discussion was moderated by the Regional Scout Superintendent of Athens, Mr. Angelika Myloni. The event was also attended by the President of the Hellenic Recycling Organization (EOAN) Mr. George Vrettakos, the Advisor to the Prime Minister for Environment Mr. Kremlis George, the Chairman of the Committee of Social Support of the Scouts of Athens, Mr. Iraklis Markouizos and the Vice President of the Board of the Greek Scout Mr. Konstantinos Tatsis.
It is worth noting that the Municipality of Athens participated for the first time in its history in the European Waste Reduction Week in 2019, organizing an “Animation Workshop” on the reuse of clothes and their recycling “to students of the 9th High School of Athens.
The Hellenic Recycling Organization (EOAN) is the national coordinator of the waste prevention actions implemented through the European platform European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR).