Why Compost?

On Andros, there are severe issues with the volume of waste we create. Reducing this waste is important to all of us. Around 44%*  of household waste is organic waste – that is, waste food from your kitchen or garden. Today, most of this waste is thrown into our bins.

  • This waste is smelly, attracts lots of animals and rodents
  • This is unpleasant for any unfortunate residents who live nearby.
  • In the summer months, it is especially unpleasant
  • It is unhealthy and an eyesore for residents and visitors

Any waste that isn’t separated is taken to the temporary waste site at Stavropeda, where, eventually, it will be transported out of Andros at some cost. We can reduce these issues and the volume of waste we generate by making a few simple changes to start composting.

What is Compost?

  • The word compost comes from the English word compost, which has its root in the Latin word composites!
  • Composting is an entirely natural process that turns organic materials into a rich dark substance. This substance is called compost or humus, or soil conditioner and can enrich the soil in your garden.
  • Compost can be made by putting organic waste into a bin. With the help of oxygen, the correct ratio of carbon and nitrogen, the warm temperature in the bin, and the microorganisms (earthworms are placed in the larger bins), the waste decomposes and is converted into a natural soil improver.
  • After a few months, this organic waste will have transformed effortessly into a ready-to-use compost that can be used to revitalise the soil in your garden.

How can I Compost?

  • Compost Services in Batsi & Gavrio : More information coming soon on a new composting initiative in Batsi and Gavrio areas.

The Chora Compost Service

Chora Composter
Food waste for Composting

In 2011, a Composter was donated to the Municipality of Andros – The Chora composter has a capacity of 15 cubic meters.
The compost service operates in the area of Chora only. Special Brown Compost bins are located in convenient places around Chora, where you can drop your organic home and garden waste.
The Composter
The composter is a machine running on electricity and operated by a trained person. A large variety of organic waste including meat and dairy products can be turned into compost here. The machine stirs the compost, controlling and regulating the temperature and humidity. Eventually rich dark compost is produced.
The Service
Today the service operates on a pilot basis in the Chora area. There are special brown compost bins in specific places around the town, 
Just drop your organic waste off in one of the brown bins in Chora or take it to the CHORA COMPOST CENTER (situated in the former slaughterhouses of Chora). Garden waste, with branches up to 2cm thick, can be disposed of at the Chora Compost Service. Bulky garden waste with thicker branches can be left next to the Shredder, which is located just opposite the CHORA COMPOST CENTER.

Look for “Chora – Shredder” on the map.

The Compost
Ready to use compost is available at the Chora Compost Center, for use in your garden or farm. Please send an SMS text to Mr Jorgos, tel. 6976880142, to agree a time to pick up your compost.

Rest of Andros
In the future the aim is to expand the service throughout the island.

 S T A R T    T O D A Y !

Your organic waste is a valuable resource. Please don’t put it in the general waste. For a cleaner and greener Andros!!

Location of organic waste bins in Chora
Small buckets (200 litres)
  • Agios Georgios (point with wooden fencing)

  • Avlidaki after the Rallia apartment building

  • Anemomili Square

  • Anemomili Pantazis building materials shop

  • Anemomili Papadeas house

  • Pefkakia at Loukissa house

  • Near the Gouma house

  • Provincial road opposite the house of E. Strati Strati

  • Bypass Road in front of the house of I. Xanthos (lawyer)

  • Turn of Michalis Piagkos (to Nimborio)

  • Nimborio Bridge outside the Tsoumezis house

In stores and shops
  • Parea (Kairis Square)

  • Fresco Juice Bar (2 bins)

  • Platanos (Kairis Square)

  • Swell Cafe (Nimborio)

  • Masoutis (Pefkakia)

  • Express Market (main store)

  • Nostalgia Cafe

  • Garyfallos Bakery Nimborio

Large bins suitable for garden waste: branches/leaves
  • Agios Georgios Square (2 bins)

  • Kairis Museum

  • Kairis Square (2)

  • Girokomio Square (October - Easter)

  • Mr Polemis’ house

  • Digital Museum of Andros

Compost at home and reduce waste

Help your garden grow in a natural and economical way.

How do I start composting ?

What can I put in the compost bin?

The method

  • Select a bucket for balcony or kitchen where you will collect leftovers,

  • Get a container with a lid as your home composter. (link to how to make or buy a composting bin)

  • Use a wooden stick for stirring - it will make it easier for you to mix the compost.

  • You can buy special compost bins

  • Kitchen waste : Most of your food waste. Vegetables, fruits, salads, bread, sweets, cakes, rice, pasta, flour, cereals, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, tea leaves, nuts, olives. Foods without oils, drain any residue of oil/ liquid.

  • Garden waste: Withered flowers and plants, leaves, weeds, grass, hay, straw, branches chopped (10 cm)

  • Paper and wood based: Napkins, kitchen paper (not coloured) shredded, shredded grocery bags , crushed wood, wood chips, wood ash (not treated or impregnated with chemical preservatives)

  • What to AVOID: Waste that attracts annoying bugs, sick or infected by insect plants and reproductive parts of plants such as roots and seeds. Fatty foods, such as meat and cheese, because they attract rodents, dogs, cats, flies, etc. Dog and cat faeces should not be added because they can transmit disease.

  • Cut larger pieces. Transfer the organic waste to your compost bin frequently.

  • In the compost bin, stir the mixture at regular intervals (7-14 days).

  • If the mixture is dry, add water. If it is very wet and muddy, you need to add dry leaves or shavings to dry it.

  • The composting process takes about 2 to 3 months, and you will realise that it is ready when it is dark with a pleasant soil smell.

What can I do with my compost?
  • Improve your garden and farm soil.

  • Use to enrich the soil in your plant, fruit and vegetable beds in the garden, in pots and in your farm crops.

  • Offer your compost to your friends, neighbours, relatives and farmers.

What to do if I can’t compost at home?
  • Find a nearby farmer and ask if they want your organic waste.

  • Many farmers give food scraps to farm animals.

  • Food scraps can save farmers money and energy.

  • It is better to feed animals food scraps rather than having them hauled to a landfill.

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