Backgrounds & Objectives
The Municipality of Halandri is one of the largest in the wider Athens area. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the Attica basin covering an area of approx. 11 sq km and it is home to more than 74.000 inhabitants. In this significant surface of varied relief one can travel from the quiet relaxed country-like residential zones to a bustling commercial center and powerful entrepreneurial axes in the periphery.
Halandri is a dynamic Municipality with concerns, initiatives and activities in various community sectors and particularly in natural and urban environment protection and development. One of the two pioneer local authorities that initiated the implementation of Local Agenda 21 in Greece, Halandri, is now participating in a number of networks, programs and intercity collaboration schemes with a single aim in focus: evolve into a city with aephoric perspectives.
In the past, Halandri has been involved in several European funded projects (either directly or via the national operational programmes) dealing with a variety of community issues with a special focus on environment. The Municipal Services have recently drawn up a Local Plan for Waste Management which aspires to complete the integrated planning in that direction.
Halandri is mainly focused on the promotion of the concept of Integrated Solid Waste Management by the demonstration and the implementation of an Integrated Solid Waste Management. This pilot activity will be focused on the exploitation of biowaste sources such as: (a) dried food/kitchen waste, (b) expired food products from supermarkets and similar sources and (c) nappies (obtained as source-separated stream) aiming to maximize the recovery of raw materials (e.g. plastics from nappies) and their conversion to solid fuel (such as pellets), liquid (such as ethanol) and gaseous biofuels (hydrogen, methane), while producing additionally high quality compost from the generated digestates or directly from pre-dried biowaste.
Three actions will take place:
- The first action consists on the implementation of citizens’ involvement methodologies in order to pinpoint drivers for waste avoiding opportunities and to design an optimal waste collection system for each stream.
- The second action focuses on the full monitoring and decision taking information system within the municipality.
- The third action aims at identifying decentralized innovative management opportunities and their operational optimisation.
Gaining expertise and setting the path for optimal organic waste valorization, with a special focus on kitchen waste. Introducing and establishing the mentality of waste sorting at the source. Introducing policies of minimization and prevention of waste generation. Implementing a full-scale monitoring and decision making information system to monitor and analyze the techical, environmental and social performance of the waste management system, in order to optimize it. Reduce the cost of waste management and especially the kitchen food waste. Minimize the amount of food waste which ends up in landfills, thus reducing the greenhouse gasses, produced both be anaerobic decomposition of the waste that takes place in the landfills but also by reducing the vehicle routes and so their emmisions. Introducing aspects of circular economy by utilizing the products of processed biowaste in the value chain of the waste management system.