4.1. Is it necessary to make any effort to reduce the consumption of paper?
Paper and cardboard are estimated to account for 22.2% of the municipal solid waste in Greece and 19.6% in Cyprus. These percentages are high enough to justify any measure on waste prevention of paper. Prevention not only does it reduce the consumption of material resources such as trees and water, but it also contributes to the reduction of biodegradable waste that end up in landfills. Thus, the above countries may fulfill the targets that are set by the EU legislation and achieve a longer lifespan for the current landfills.  

4.2. Is there anything we can do to reduce paper consumption in our offices?
Workplace is ideal to implement a waste paper reduction programme. It is noted that an average user of internet may print 28 pages daily, while an office employee could reach up to 10.000 printed pages annually. The above figures are indicative of the vast scope for reducing paper waste in our workplace. Even though the value of paper is relatively small, the cost of paper consumption in a company may end up quite high. That is why the larger firms and enterprises have implemented waste paper reduction programmes via digital information systems, issuing e-bills, scanning documents etc. For more information on reducing paper waste in workplace please check our e-guide that has been delivered by the Wasp Tool project (in greek) in the following link.

4.3. What can we do with clothes we don’t need any longer? 
So far there has been no legal EU or national framework concerning the re-use or recycling of clothes. In most cases an informal network of non-governmental organizations and charities has been developed that collect the second-hand clothes for redistribution to certain groups of citizens that are in need. Lately, this network has been expanded with the participation of municipalities and retail-clothing companies that place certain bins for the collection of clothes.
Collected clothes that aren’t suitable for reusing can be recycled into making industrial wiping cloths or for insulating to homes or other community-based civic buildings.  

4.4. What can I do with my old furniture?
As with clothes there are some non-governmental organizations that receive furniture to give them to those who are in need or to cover the furniture needs of other charities or institutions housing homeless people. There are also some online platforms where users sell or even give away their old furniture to those who cannot afford to buy new furniture.  Recently, a new fashion is gaining wide support among amateurs which uses old furniture items and transforms them completely by using certain styles and techniques such as decoupage, pyrography, wood restoration, etc.