As Plastic Free Greece grows, we come across noteworthy efforts against plastic pollution in many parts of Greece and we would like to highlight the efforts that are being made in Corfu by Xenia Tombrou (follow her on Facebook). This past November, Xenia, a university student currently studying in Holland and originally from Corfu, organised a brainstorming event for a group of fellow students, members of the Corfiot community and the municipality, to see how they can improve the current waste management system of Corfu. They did their due diligence - they followed the garbage trucks on their routes around the island, the visited the landfill and the recycling plant, and they inspected the number and condition of garbage bins around the island. These are their findings and their top takeaway points. We think that the problems that afflict Corfu are similar to those faced by many other parts of Greece.
If you live in Corfu, please do reach out to Xenia. Her next campaign will be to educate Corfiots on how to sort their trash in recycling bins (a big problem is the sorting of trash - there is a lack of education on how to sort trash for recycling). There are many beach clean up efforts all around the island every spring and summer. Reach out, and get involved!