Battery recycling

Project information

Index: 1294R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location ELLADA Start/End date of the practice
Start: January 2005

Topic of the practice

Waste management, batteries, selective collection, recycling, hazardous waste

Good Practice Information

The aim of this practice is to collect as many batteries and accumulators as possible to protect the environment and to achieve national & EU legislation goals. In Greece, this recycling scheme is organised by AFIS S.A. It involves:
- placing of dedicated bins with easy access for consumers
- collection & transport to storage and recycling facilities
- information & awareness-raising campaigns
- systematic monitoring of all activities
Stakeholders: citizens & AFIS; outsourced collection & transport
Financial resources: all costs are covered by the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for batteries (128 registered importers).
Key success factors: clear legal framework, nature of the waste (small & clean), information campaigns via mass media, easily identifiable collection bins.

Evidence of success

This scheme helps citizens develop a positive attitude towards recycling.
AFIS has one of the most widespread collection systems in Europe (5.5 bins per 1000 inh.vs. 1.8 on average in Europe). In 2013, collection rate was 33.9% with 26 million batteries (585 887 t).
Diverting batteries from landfill has enormous environmental benefits as the heavy metals they contain pollute the soil and aquifers.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Elias Ordolis


Annex completed on: 08-28-2014

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