Roda-Sfakera Recycling Centre
WHICH ITEMS CAN & CAN'T BE RECYCLED AROUND THE HOME?
You can recycle almost all of your garbage. Some experts estimate that 90% of the items going in a landfill could be recycled, if only we had the resources in all areas, and made the effort. If you live near an urban center, there is probably a recycling program available in your area. Even without curbside pickup service, a recycling drop-off facility may be close by.
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More and more people are being sensitized and involved in the effort to protect the environment through recycling.
But there are some very common mistakes that we do - usually unknowingly - which can create more problems than they solve.
So see 15 mistakes we often make when we recycle:
1. Broken glasses . Bottles and glass containers are recycled. But not the broken glasses. This is because the sorting of materials makes it work with the hands and there is a serious risk of workers being injured.
2. Pizza boxes, ready-made packs . They may be paper and plastic but they are not recycled as they are full of fats and food waste.
3. Biodegradable or photodegradable bags . Simple plastic bags can be recycled. Biodegradable have an expiration date after which they begin to crumble. So, we should not throw them into recycling.
4. Shreds of paper . To recycle some paper must be at least A4. This means that torn pages, tickets and other papers should not be thrown into blue bins.
5. Wet or dirty paper . Dirty napkins or pieces of oiled paper are not only recycled, but they also use other recyclable materials. Also, wetted paper is not recycled. Also kitchen towels and toilet paper are unsuitable even if they are clean.
6. Materials made of clay . Ceramic articles, such as e.g. utensils or coffee mugs are not recycled.
7. Foam and styrofoam . They are highly flammable materials, as they can fire at any stage of the recycling process. Therefore, throwing them in blue bins creates problems.
8. Packing of toxic materials . Plastic or metal packaging containing mineral oils, antifreezes, insecticides, etc. should not be thrown into blue bins, because the toxic residues are hard to remove.
9. CD, DVD and video cassettes . Although they are mainly made of aluminum, our digital discs or old videotapes contain many impurities, making it impossible to recycle them directly. If we want to get rid of them without burdening the environment, we need to contact Recycling SA, Komotini Industrial Area (T / 25310-58.100), or deliver it to Eurosun Company (SANYO Building, 12th km Athens - Lamia Highway, Metamorfosi).
10. Straws and plastic cutlery . Although plastics, these disposable materials are not recycled.
11. Plastic furniture . Blue recycling bins are not suitable for plastic furniture, except for packaging materials. Bulky plastic objects, which often contain other materials, must be directed to the bulk collection centers. Almost all municipalities have such centers, and even some people pick up such garbage from our home with a phone call.
12. Wire rails . Most also have plastic parts, resulting in a risk of mixing the two materials. If we have the patience, separate the materials and throw them separately in the bucket.
13. Phonecards . They are not considered as packaging and should not enter the blue bins. It is worth noting that their recycling costs are higher than the cost of production.
14. Caps made of plastic bottles . While plastic bottles are basic recyclable material, their lids are recycled in a different way. So we remove the lids and throw them separately in the blue bucket.
15. Juice boxes . There are some juice boxes that are not recycled because of the combination of plastic and paperboard. Before we throw it in the blue bucket, we need to check if it is marked with the appropriate recycling label.
The ... SOS recycling
1. Separate packing materials from other garbage daily.
2. Empty the packages completely from the debris and, if necessary, rinse them.
3. Fold up / compress cartons.
4. We do not throw the packing material into the bucket, but pour it in bulk.
5. We never throw common rubbish into the blue recycling bins.
6. Close the bins to protect the recyclable materials from rain .