Our beloved islands of Andros faces severe issues with waste management as the current waste level outweighs the island’s ability to process it. The increase of single-use plastic and ongoing use of landfill does not provide a sustainable solution. Furthermore, there is limited awareness about waste issues, water quality and the consequences on health and life, as well as little information of actions that residents, communities and businesses can take to improve the situation.
The team of Andros Research Center/Andros Routes which managed to make the island a worldwide destination for its footpaths, takes now action, through the contribution of a new CPF grant, in collaboration with the municipality and the active support of other local stakeholders for a waste reduction project, including data research and metrics production, informative campaigns encouraging behavioural change (lead by example, drink Andros water, increase re-use, green angels), as well as governance actions, aiming to transform Andros into a sustainable tourism destination for its visitors in all seasons. The team will work close with the CPF and its partners across the Cyclades aiming to follow and replicate successful and best practises from other islands.