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.
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Annex completed on: 08-28-2014