ATHENS – Greeks are coming around finally to recycling their waste instead of putting it in garbage cans with most saying they now do the practice daily.
That was shown in a survey carried out by Alco for the Hellenic Recovery Recycling Corporation (HERRCO) which wanted to see how well the idea of recycling was progressing in a throwaway society.
Rubbish is picked up daily in Greece, with residents throwing their garbage in community dumpsters on their streets, and there are bright blue recycling bins right next to them. Many people couldn’t be bothered using them or had been throwing their garbage into the recycling containers.
A total of 96 percent said recycling was important to them, with 73 percent claiming to recycle every day, the poll showed. HERRCO’s General Manager, Yiannis Razis, said it was because of the presence of the recycling containers.
“The blue bin is established, people recognize it,” he said. The positive response to the blue bin initiative has also helped Greece hit the EU target for recycling at least 60 percent of packaging, Razis said.
He conceded that Greece still lags in recycling glass but the installation of special containers is expected to curb the problem.