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On Sunday the Skopelos Green & Clean Group gathered a lot of garbage in a lot of places on the island. About 40 people were present. Skopelos is the greenest island in Greece but it should be the cleanest too. To achieve this a good plan is needed but also organization and the willingness to execute those plans. Representatives of the group have been talking already with one of the Mayor candidates and council members and many members are on the lookout for waste dumping and areas on the island that need cleaning. Do you like our banner? It is sponsored by Eva Xalevas printing in Volos, https://www.facebook.com/Xalevas/ Until the next time. Thank you everybody for helping!

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On Sunday the 12th of May the Skopelos Green & Clean group will have another go and clean, tidy, several areas on the island. Meet us at 11 o’ clock opposite Gikas bakery and see where you can help. Take garden gloves, water, wear sensible shoes and a hat. Plastic gloves and bags for rubbish are provided.

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(photo Vories Sporades blog)

Last week an illegal dumping of building waste/rubble on Skopelos was discovered and posted on Facebook. The truck that dumped the waste and the origin of the waste was known but this is where the story would end normally. The ”crime” was done and was excepted. This phenomenon has been going on for many years, on Skopelos, now.

Because social media play a big role in discovering facts like the illegal dumping of waste, this time a group of people named Skopelos Green & Clean (old name is the do good group of Skopelos) thought they could continue and try to find out why the dumping of waste next to the road, in riverbeds and gorges is a act that is considered normal on Skopelos although it is illegal. Skopelos Green & Clean group

The first thing they did was send a press release to condemn the act and this press release was send to the local media. The second thing was to organize a meeting with the mayor and the vice mayor responsible for waste management. At this meeting we did not receive clear answers to our questions. The press release below was issued after that meeting. What Skopelos Green & Clean wants to know is: why is there no municipal space on the island where waste/rubble can be disposed of. The recycling plant can take a lot of waste/rubble but there must be a place where the rest can go and eventually get recycled/up-cycled.

Press Release
The recent disposal of rubble/building materials in a forest area on Skopelos island by people without a conscience has raised a storm of protest. Members of the environmental volunteers group “Skopelos Green & Clean have had a meeting with the mayor and vice mayor who is responsible for waste management on Tuesday the 9th of April.
One of the statements from the mayor was that the municipality has no area to dispose this waste.

The conclusion after this meeting is that there are no existing rules for the management and disposal of rubble/building materials and the protection of nature in the municipality. There is chaos. We conclude that the arguments of the mayor are naive.

This is a matter that needs to be looked at by the authorities and organizations. Surely, we’ll urge them to act.
Our environmental volunteers group with an extra 90 members, in the last week, will move forward and take any necessary actions to find out which responsibility lies where and demand that laws will be upheld and worked with.

We would like to invite the aspirant mayors , Mr. S. Perissis, Mr. D. Eustatiou and Mr. G. Anagnostou to comment on this enormous issue and tell everybody what their plans are for the management of recycling, waste, rubble and heavy materials. We invite them to start a conversation in the local media about the protection of this unique place that belongs to everybody on earth.
The nature of Skopelos is the biggest source of income for this island and many have an income via tourism. We also invite the aspirant mayors to tell us their plans for tourism on Skopelos in future years to come.

Skopelos, 10 April 2019

The waste/rubble has all been removed removed waste/rubble photos and not only the recently dumped material but also other older material. A lot of the waste has been transported to the recycling plant and the rest to the waste tip. The Skopelos Green & Clean group will continue to pressure the authorities to find solutions for the problem and implement solutions/rules as soon as possible so Skopelos stays green and clean for those who live on the island and for those who visit it.

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The numbers of recycled materials on Skopelos for 2018 are published.

154 tons of steel scrap,
24 tons of electric and electronic devices,
24 tons of metal,
75 tons of glass,
24 tons of paper and cardboard,
15 tons of plastic,
22 tons of used cooking oil!!
were transported of the island and recycled
Source: go green recycling Skopelos

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The do good group of Skopelos is a group of people who care about Skopelos and its nature and want to help keeping it clean but the group also wants to find solutions that stops people living on the island and visitors coming to the island from littering, dumping garbage and spoiling this beautiful island. Anybody can join the group. Just turn up at a cleaning event or say you want to join. There is a Facebook page:thedogoodgroupofskopelos. We try to take the names of all who want to participate and we have a messenger group so the group members hear about news and new actions. The people that don’t have messenger will be informed via email or telephone. The group has no teamleader, we are not a non profit organization, we are not subsidized, the only thing that is subsidized are the gloves and garbage bags which are given to us by BEST store in Skopelos. Anybody in the group that thinks a place should be cleaned can tell this to the group and this person will lead the following clean up action. It is simple, it is quick and effective. We try to clean once a month on a Sunday.

Yesterday a big group of about 50 people cleaned eight places on Skopelos. Part of the group were the scouts and we want to thank them especially for their efforts. The places that were cleaned were the road down from the helipad towards Agios Reginos, a part of the road towards the Agia Marina spring, the carpark in Skopelos, the piece of the harbor behind the Ammos beach and the ramp, the end of the ringroad near Mylos square, the beach opposite Muses restaurant and the part behind it, the beach opposite Skopelos Village and towards Karyatus bar. It was exhilirating to see so many people together for a common cause. Until the next time, all together !!

Road to Agia marina spring, before

Road to Agia marina spring, after

Before

After

A huge thank you to everybody who helped and we were glad to see so many new faces.

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It has been very windy these last two days and many people had trouble getting on and off the island. Tonight at three we have to put our clocks forward to four. Don’t forget !!! The do good group of Skopelos has marked eight places that they would like to clean tomorrow, Sunday at 11 we will begin. Meeting point opposite Gikas bakery.

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Recycling update

Recycling on Skopelos should and could go much better. This is the opinion of the head of the recycling plant Apostolis Themistoklis. At the moment the recycled materials in the red, yellow and blue bins are picked up by the municipality and left at the recycling plant. What happens though is that a lot of materials that are worth recycling, end up in the green (normal) bins.

A lot of people are recycling and the Skopelitans have taken it in their stride but maybe there need to be more bins distributed and more often the recycling bins could be emptied. Maybe there could be a place in town where bigger pieces for recycling could be deposited. I know that happens in other places too. You need to make the effort though to take the pieces to the area that is designed for this. Apostolis told me that in the summer more bins will be placed but is this the real issue?

After Greek Easter the company that distributes the bins and the bags for recycling will visit Skopelos again. I said to Apostolis that maybe he could organize an evening with the recycling company and several organizations and institutes on Skopelos and talk about problems and future plans that can make Skopelos a cleaner island.

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