Un­der­ground trash bins to lighten city load

First of 20 un­der­ground dump­sters to open at park in dis­trict of Goudi to­day

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A Euro­pean Union-funded ini­tia­tive aimed at im­prov­ing the cap­i­tal’s woe­ful waste man­age­ment is to be im­ple­mented from to­day, with the in­stal­la­tion of the first of 20 un­der­ground trash dump­sters, Kathimerini has learned.

The dump­ster is to be sub­merged 3.5 me­ters un­der­ground in Aghios Thomas park in Goudi, east­ern Athens, chiefly to serve the two nearby hos­pi­tals – Laiko and Paidon. Hos­pi­tal staff and res­i­dents will be able to dump refuse through a fun­nel link­ing the dump­ster to the road sur­face.

Al­though its vol­ume is 6 cu­bic me­ters it will in fact have the ca­pac­ity to hold up to 20 cu­bic me­ters of trash – the equiv­a­lent of what 45 reg­u­lar garbage dump­sters can hold – thanks to a com- press­ing mech­a­nism.

Un­der­ground bins, al­ready in use in other Euro­pean coun­tries in­clud­ing Spain, are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as they keep dirt and smells off the streets.

An­dreas Vare­las, City Hall’s deputy mayor in charge of san­i­ta­tion, said there were mul­ti­ple ad­van­tages to the un­der­ground bins. Only one truck and one driv- er are re­quired to empty each dump­ster. Also the fact that the bins are un­der­ground thwarts would-be scav­engers.

Sim­i­lar bins are to be in­stalled at other key points in Athens in­clud­ing on Me­so­geion Av­enue, on Vas­silis­sis Sofias Street and at Koumoundourou Square. Ex­ca­va­tions have al­ready started in those ar­eas, Vare­las said.

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