Welcome to Tilos, the 1st Zero Waste Island. Here, we change our everyday habits and make new, conscious choices to reduce waste and give a second life to all the waste we produce. All together and each one of us individually, are committed to protecting our unique natural environment and increasing our quality of life.
Just Go Zero Tilos is a way of thinking, a new lifestyle, and an algorithm that can be applied anywhere that people ask for it. Whether it is an island, a city, or a state, it’s just a matter of adapting the technical solution. As it has been adapted for the island of Tilos, it can be adapted to any place the citizens choose to apply it.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Zero Waste means that all waste produced in Tilos is collected and managed in a fully circular way in order to eliminate its environmental footprint. Effectively, it means no more waste ending up in landfills.
HOW WE MAKE IT HAPPEN
With the elimination of landfills and public dustbins. By sorting at the source and door-to-door collection. By composting, recycling and reusing. With modern technology that enables and drives change. With every household, every business and every visitor as an ally.
WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU
Because it creates a chain of environmental, social and financial benefits for the local community. Because if this is done in Tilos it can be done everywhere. Because it inspires us to be part of the solution. Because the 1st Zero Waste Island is the first step to a Zero Waste world; a more viable and harmonious world.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
FOUR STEPS TO ZERO WASTE
If you are a resident // local business
Visit a Zero Point Information Centre, at the port square, to collect your zero-waste equipment
Learn from the Just Go Zero Tilos Team how to properly sort everything that is no longer useful to you
Sort your waste and have it ready for the Just Go Zero Tilos Team to collect directly from your door, on regular days and hours
Receive real-time information, through the Just Go Zero app, about how much you have recycled
If you are a visitor
Upon arrival on the island, you will find the information and special equipment needed for the proper separation of materials in your accommodation lodge. If you arrive by sailboat or speedboat, you will find the special markings with QR code together with the instructions for separation and placement of materials at the port.
Follow the instructions for the disposal of your waste in municipal dustbins
Use a multi-use bag to carry your groceries and reduce your environmental footprint
Find out more about Just Go Zero Tilos at the Zero Point Information Centre at the square in Livadia
Zero Waste Glossary
What you need to know about the new “zero waste” reality on the island
THE BLUE BAG
DOOR TO DOOR
CIRCULAR INNOVATION CENTRE 3K
In Tilos nothing is wasted any more
A significant investment that is transforming local waste management infrastructure, building the green transition capacity of the local community and creating more than 10 permanent or seasonal new jobs.
A model of public-private partnership that protects the natural environment and contributes to the realization of regional and national circular economy and circular waste management goals.
An applied solution that can be leveraged by other communities in Greece and abroad to advance circular economy and export environmental know-how
An initiative that makes Tilos an international destination for sustainable tourism, creating a new paradigm for Greece.
The result of a model public-private partnership
With “nothing in excess” as its main motto, and a conviction that nothing is to be wasted and everything can be given a second life, Polygreen and the Just Go Zero programme develop solutions that promote the circular economy and mobilize citizens and businesses to adopt circular models of production and consumption to achieve a viable future.
MUNICIPALITY OF TILOS
With a track record in implementing and pioneering environmental projects such as the recently completed European Project “TILOS”, which has made the island energy-autonomous, the Municipality of Tilos, with a unanimous decision by the Municipal Council, is now changing waste management on the island το move to towards a zero waste future.