Greek policymakers to test green technologies on Tilos island

Greek policymakers to test green technologies on Tilos island

by Pranali Mehta

Greek policymakers have reportedly chosen the country’s most remote location on the map, the tiny island of Tilos, to test green technology.

For this island of only 500 year-round residents, providing energy, essential services, and even a basic ferry routs has been a struggle. The island’s most recent challenge has been managing plastic waste around its waters.

However, this week authorities revealed that over 80% of Tilos' waste is now recycled. Untreated waste was initially dumped in a hillside landfill, which has been closed permanently.

Since 2019, the island has been generating a majority of its own electricity with the help of a wind turbine and a solar park connected to trailer-sized batteries that ensure an uninterrupted power supply for the island residents.

Tilos, shaped like an S and a bit bigger than Manhattan, is a small island situated in the southeast Aegean Sea where goats graze alongside ancient churches and the scent of wild oregano wafts from the sawtooth mountains. In this society, self-reliance is both a need and a source of pride. The same mindset can be seen when it comes to embracing technology.

Electric cars move past tourists to transport goods at the main port. Solar panels run bus stop information boards and a ramp that provides access to the sea for individuals with physical impairments.

According to Mayor Maria Kamma-Aliferi, Tilos' declining population adds urgency to making adjustments.

This summer, Tilos is anticipating 30,000 tourists, whereas Rhodes, a nearby island, is expected to receive over 2 million by air alone.

In December, Tilos began a pilot program in which residents were given recycling kits and encouraged to wash and segregate their waste.

The previous landfill site has been overtaken by a recycling plant, where trash is processed on steel sorting tables to create powdered glass, compost fertilizer, cement mix, paper drums, compressed cardboard, and plastic twine, which is used by an art gallery to construct 3D printed furniture and couches.

Presently, the plant processes about 2 tons of waste every week, the majority of which is totally recyclable. A third is composted, while the remaining 15% is sterilized and shredded to be used for construction since it is non-recyclable.

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Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writ Read more...