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Single-use plastics phased out in public sector as of Feb. 1

The procurement of single-use plastics will end in the public sector as of February 1, 2021, Natural Environment and Waters Secretary General Constantine Aravossis said on Wednesday, in a memo to all state agencies.

The regulation voted by Parliament in October calls for an end to the procurement of 10 specific types of single-use plastics, in line with EU directives.

Novotel Sofia and ibis Sofia Commit to Elimination of Single-Use Plastics by 2022

The leading hotel group Accor announced its commitment to join the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and to remove all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022. This decision will affect the local hotels managed by Accor - Novotel Sofia and ibis Sofia.

Greece Launches a Campaign against Plastic Pollution - No Single-Use Plastics by June 2020

Greece has announced a campaign against plastic pollution and promised to end the use of single-use plastics by June 2020, AFP reported.

"39 tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a lot of it turns into fish food," Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said at a press conference.

"The fight against plastic pollution is a government priority."

Bid to create Greece’s first ‘smoke-free’ beach

A collaboration between the Municipality of Serifos and the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation aims to make the island's Vagia beach the first smoke-free one in the country.
The project envisages the creation of a designated area for smokers, with ashtrays bearing environmental messages aimed at sensitizing visitors to the polluting impact of cigarette stubs.