The Municipality of Alonissos produced 783.47 tons of mixed waste in 2014, all of which was landfilled, and 74.97 tons of recyclable materials which was recycled. The existing waste management facilities in the Municipality of Alonissos consist of 1 landfill for MSW. There are also programmes for separate collection in the recyclables waste stream and the collected quantities are given to the recycling center of Larissa, Thessaly. In order to manage the other waste streams (tires, light bulbs, and electrical & electronic equipment), the Municipality of Alonissos has signed cooperation agreements with private and public companies.
From 2020 onwards
Alonissos’ Local Waste Management Plan (LWMP) foresees an amount of 950 tons of MSW by 2020, consisting of 420.85 tons of organic waste, 210.90 tons of paper-cardboard, 132.05 tons of plastic, 37.05 tons of metals, 40.85 tons of glass, 43.70 tons of wood waste, and 64.60 tons of other waste. Home composting and in-source separation will help to increase the percentage of bio-waste diverted from landfills, while pre-selection in recyclable materials will result to reclaiming 65% of this stream.
In order to achieve the landfill target of less than 30% of the MSW, it is necessary for Alonissos to process 471.39 tons of mixed waste per year, to finally recover 190.84 tons of materials, compost and metals, excluding quantities recovered from the at-source separation programs. Alonissos aims to achieve the aforementioned targets by a variety of actions; raising awareness for the benefits of reducing packaging waste, re-use and/or repairing EEE thus reducing WEEE, seminars on re-purpose waste, promoting waste reduction via emails and announcements. Home composting has an important role on bio-waste reduction, and as such the municipality will deliver compost bins to selected settlements on the island, which present increased bio-waste production. Recycling will be enhanced by increasing the number of blue bins (collection of glass-metal-paper-cardboard-plastic) and bins for separated collection (glass-paper), along with the introduction of two “Green Points”.