Composting: When organic waste returns to nature What materials do we put in brown boxes?

THE recycling it’s a practice that many of us incorporate into our daily lives. One category of waste that returns to nature without polluting it is bio-waste or other organic waste. to be composted.

So what do we define as “bio-waste”?

Biodegradable garden and park waste, food and kitchen waste from homes, offices, restaurants, wholesalers, canteens, caterers and retailers and associated waste from food processing plants.

Bio-waste and sorting at source

Educating about organic waste management and incorporating these habits into our daily lives has a very important impact on the environment.

The “Sorting at Source” system is implemented in Attica Municipalities through a special box for bio-waste, brown box. Through this process, these useful materials are recovered before being mixed with the rest of the waste.

What can we put in brown boxes?

  • Leftovers from cooked food (and bones).
  • Coffee and tea grounds (and their filters)
  • Fruits and vegetables (and their skins and stems)
  • Egg shell
  • Bread, pasta, rice and legumes
  • Dairy products such as cheese, creams and yogurt
  • A few leaves

What are not allowed in the brown boxes?

Place organic waste directly in the brown bin or paper grocery bags. The plastic bags pose very serious problems in the management of brown bin materials and their use is prohibited.

The use of a biodegradable bag is allowed.

  • Fresh meat and fish (healthy)
  • Oils and fats for cooking
  • All types of packaging (metal, plastic, paper, etc.)
  • Coffee capsules
  • Wooden items and sawdust
  • Ash
  • Cigarette ashtray
  • Animal waste

How is biological waste collected separately?

  1. We separate the leftovers in the kitchen.
  2. Allow wet food scraps to drain before throwing them in the trash or wrapping them in newspaper or paper.
  3. We dispose of food waste either in biodegradable bags (made from corn or potato starch) or in paper grocery bags or in bulk.
  4. We avoid using plastic bags.
  5. We transfer them to the brown box.
  6. A special garbage truck collects them and takes them to the composting unit.
  7. After they are processed, ready-to-use soil improvement material is prepared.

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