Can a potato skin….light a bulb?

The following article has been published in the national press newspaper AVGI.



“What do a bark of an orange, an olive stump and a peeled potato have in common? Apparently nothing, except that they are all organic residues that are quickly discarded to end up in the bin and the landfill, burdening the atmosphere and increasing the hole of ozone at the expense of the life of the planet.

This unhealthy “luxury” of organic waste rejection is in the focus of scientific research. “The gradual fermentation of organic residues creates methane, biogas, twenty times worse than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas,” explains Professor at the National Technical University of Athens and Halandri municipal councilor Gerasimos Lyberatos. In line with Community environmental planning, there is a commitment to reduce fermented organics burial by 50% by 2020, while national planning is 65%.

The incentive to exploit organic residues is more than just a strong one. In municipalities of Attica Region there are programs for the collection of organic waste for the purpose of their utilization, as 50% of the household waste is being comprised of organic waste (fruit, vegetable, cooked food, etc.).”

The article goes on to present the W4T project and how the pilot project of Halandri is being implemented. It also emphasizes on how the municipality can use the produced FORBI bring profit and revenues. A circular economy example, that is.

Currently, FORBI is used to produce gas for the 2 newly acquired waste collection vehicles.

Moreover, the importance of information actions for citizens is underlined as an important factor for their active engagement in all circular economy and waste management projects the municipality is carrying at the moment.