The following questions and answers provide information that is frequently expressed about a range of issues relating to the recycling of clothes and the role of RECYCOM
When talking about recycling we mean garbage management?
The impression that recycling = garbage management is wrong for clothes as for other materials. It is stressed from the outset that if we want to protect the environment and preserve the resources of the planet, it is very important:
Reduce consumption (purchase of new clothes) to a minimum.
Promote reuse. The clothes we throw are very useful for others. Disposing of a used piece of clothing to another person as long as it still has a life does not just prevent it from being dumped but prevents the production of new clothing, resulting in savings in resources and energy.
Manage the clothes that cannot be re-used properly. Instead of burying or burning these clothes, we turn them into useful materials. Waste disposal in landfills is the last resort and we must deal with it.
Why should clothes be sent abroad? Why not recycle in Greece?
A proper and complete clothing recycling chain can only include the handling of clothing that can not be reused. This is best done in the country itself, since shipping abroad causes an unavoidable burden on the environment such as energy consumption, and so on. The creation of garment recycling factories in Greece is a big issue, as the high cost makes the whole venture very difficult. Until this solution is offered locally, shipping abroad is inevitable and is certainly more economical and environmentally more correct than dumping in landfills.
Why not give “good” clothes to the poor and wasteful at RECYCOM for recycling?
Any action involving re-use of the garments is more correct than discarding them in the dump. Even more so when the clothes are given to those who really need them. RECYCOM did not come to replace the charity of ordinary people, the church and other organizations. However, RECYCOM cannot become a garbage collector because it simply goes bankrupt. Clothes that can be reused are valuable. This value is the source of revenue that will enable RECYCOM to cover the costs of the recycling program (manufacture of metal recycling bins, storage rents, labor, transport, etc.) and gradually expand throughout Greece.