Bulky & Green waste Management
Bulky waste means large items that do not fit in the typical waste bins, which are collected in a special collection program due to their bulky form. The bulky waste comes from homes, shops, offices, businesses, institutions, churches, schools and generally from all places where human activities take place. Typical examples of bulky waste (excluding WEEE) are tables, closets, chairs, sofas, carpets, strollers, mattresses, beds, clothes racks, bicycles, bulky toys, etc. The bulky waste (furniture items, mattresses, etc. and WEEE of domestic origin), is estimated to constitute 5% by weight of domestic MSW produced. The management program includes a separate collection from the Municipalities and transfer to the Local Waste Management Unit (LWMU). From there the masses are led to Integrated Waste Management Central Facilities (IWMCF), under the responsibility of DIADYMA. Within IWMCF, there is a sorting and cutting unit. The recovered materials (mainly plastics, metals) from the processing of the bulky waste are led to recycling, while the shredded materials in the current phase are led to landfilling, while their further management for energy recovery is investigated.
The green waste, collected by the municipal green services, from the maintenance works of gardens and parks, is collected in the 10 LWMU of DIADYMA, where it is collected in special containers. After filling the containers, they are driven by container transport vehicles to IWMCF where they are crushed and utilized during the composting stage of the organic waste resulting from the mechanical sorting of the mixed MSW. With the operation of a separate line for the treatment of pre-selected biowaste from Separation at Source, the crushed green waste will be utilized through composting to produce excellent quality compost. In LWMU there is the possibility of shredding green waste, to reduce their transportation costs.