May 2017 : New RED BINS for recycling clothing and footwear : The replacement of the red bins in Kalamata by the Recycom company, has begun. Recycom cooperates with the Municipality of Kalamata to recycle clothing and footwear, offering - in return - food and toiletry items, to the City Grocery.
Unfortunately many of the existing bins are suffering from vandalism, commercial posters illegally pasted, and grafitti . Note: For illegal posting of notices on road traffic signs, traffic lights, bins or other temporary waste storage, in telephone kiosks, on municipal, public and private buildings, boxes of PPC, and on trees in public areas, the fine is 500 euros Tharros
For details of the launch of the scheme 5 years ago, see below
" Only 2% ends up in garbage. The rest is sent to flea markets providing cheap or free clothing for disadvantaged groups. Old clothes can also be made into coveralls, rags, material for soundproofing and thermal insulation, stuffing for car seats, etc. After sorting, some clothes are offered free of charge to needy people in Greece. Another part of the clothing is available to people with low income, through second-hand shops and bazaars, at nominal prices, to cover costs. Further clothing is available for shipment to countries where there is an urgent need, such as natural disasters, war, etc
June 2012: A video by BEST TV, about the launch of the scheme in Kalamata last year RED BINS-YouTube