The institutional framework, combined with social awareness, have led companies to design and implement recycling programmes/actions for materials used and discarded as a result of their activities. At the same time, they cooperate with companies involved with the collection, sorting and promotion of such materials for sale on the market.
Significant investor interest is focused on the construction of recycling plants, which can process material such as paper, glass, plastic, batteries, tyres etc. Such investments can be made by private investors, Local Authorities or through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
The recycling of materials entails numerous economic, environmental and social advantages.
Legislation imposes the separate collection of recyclable waste from the rest of domestic waste, and its management at special collection points set up for this purpose. Moreover, the legislative framework specifies the producer’s liability (of packer, importer, manufacturer) of the above products with respect to the adequate organization and financing of alternative management tasks. For this reason, Individual and Collective “Alternative Management Systems” have been established per type of recyclable material managed. Currently, systems exist for Packaging Materials (paper, aluminium, glass, plastic, tinplate), Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) & Lamps, Waste Batteries & Accumulators, Waste Oils, Waste Tyres, End-of-Life-Vehicles (ELV), Construction, Demolition and Excavation (CD&E) waste.
Recycling plants are subject to licensing procedures; establishment and operation licenses are issued by the competent Decentralized Administration and the Region. For further information, interested parties can consult the Hellenic Recycling Agency (EOAN, formerly known as EOEDSAP)