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Textile consumption is increasing over time, both globally and nationally. The increase in consumption has consequences both in terms of increased textile waste streams and in terms of the environmental impacts brought about by textile products and linked to the production, use and end-of-life management of the textiles. (SOURCE: National Waste Prevention Program)

Studies have shown that the uncontrolled production of textile products is responsible for the pollution of up to 20% of the world's water resources, for the release of 35% of primary microplastics into the environment and for 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Although campaigns and global efforts have been launched to address this threat, less than 1% of the world's textile production is recycled, due to insufficient technology. With the aim of limiting the environmental consequences, the European Union is pushing its member states to switch to a circular economy model. (SOURCE: UPTEXTILE)

The Municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontia Islands, following its efforts to effectively manage the MSW generated within its administrative boundaries, installed a total of 26 special bins and created, for the first time, a municipal network for the separate collection of used clothing and footwear and other textile materials (clothes, bags, cloth toys, shoes, etc.).

The bins are new construction and in perfect condition, while they have a shape that does not refer to a bin for the collection of another stream of waste with a clear and distinguishable marking stating that they are intended for the collection of used clothing and footwear, which will be collected and taken as a matter of priority to re-use, while those that do not satisfy the specific possibility, will be promoted for recycling and under no circumstances for landfilling.

Special emphasis should be given by our fellow residents so that the bins are kept in a good and decent condition and above all with the "door" for receiving used clothes and shoes closed, before and after each use of the special bin.

In the future, in the event that the program is crowned with success, the perspective of expanding the network is maintained by adding additional special bins for the separate collection of used clothing and footwear in new points of interest of the Municipality.

According to Law 4819/2021, until December 31, 2023, producers and importers of textile products are expected to organize and operate a SSED of the waste resulting from their products, including their separate collection.

Therefore, in the event that during the cooperation of the Municipality with the private licensed company "EASTWEST", a similar SSED for clothing or footwear is created in Greece, their cooperation agreement should be harmonized with the current legislation and the company "EASTWEST", will have to cooperate with the new SSED.

By implementing an integrated approach to the management of used clothing and footwear and other textile materials (clothes, bags, cloth toys, shoes, etc.), which will be based on the waste management hierarchy, the following benefits arise:

  • The prevention of waste generation by the diversion of used clothing and footwear, which until recently citizens deposited as waste in the green bins.
  • The reduction of the huge amount of waste that is sent to landfills, resulting in multiple environmental and economic benefits.
  • The saving of huge amounts of energy, natural resources and water used to manufacture new clothes, while at the same time there is a noticeable reduction in the amount of dyes, heavy metals and chemicals entering our groundwater.
  • The provision of assistance to socially vulnerable groups by making available for reuse, a significant part of used clothing and footwear that are qualitatively in excellent condition.
  • Harmonization with modern national and European legislation on waste management.
  • The important environmental awareness of the citizens regarding the correct waste management.
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Every day materials

Stuffed children's toys
Other textile products

How to save/ reuse

Prefer as a matter of priority to mend/repair your textile products (clothes, shoes, etc.), giving them a longer life, using relevant professionals in the local market.

You can exchange with other residents (usually your family and/or friends) textile products (clothes, shoes, etc.) which are no longer useful to you but are still of good quality.

Special cases where the above advice applies are in special categories of textile products (clothing, footwear, etc.), such as baby clothes, children's clothes - shoes, carnival costumes, parade costumes, special shoes, etc.

Also, used textile products (clothes, shoes, etc.) that are provided in a clean condition, can be offered FREE of charge to socially vulnerable groups in cooperation with the Municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontia Islands, after consultation.

Where to recycle

Special collection bin

How to recycle

Before you take your used clothing and footwear and other textile materials (clothes, bags, cloth toys, shoes, etc.) to be disposed of in the special separate collection bins, they should be: clean, folded, in bags, absolutely dry and with no trace of mold as wet/moldy fabrics are not recyclable material and if they are stored together with dry ones, they will affect the appropriateness of recycling of the rest as well.

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