1) Which materials can I put in the blue recycling bin?
paper packaging and cartons e.g. from electrical devices, juices, milk, cereals, pizza, biscuits, sugar, washing detergents, tooth paste, paper carrier bags, etc.
aluminium cans from soft drinks, beers, etc.
glass packaging e.g. from water, juices, soft drinks, alcohol beverages, food jars, etc.
plastic packaging e.g. from water bottles, soft drinks, yogurt, butter, oil, washing detergents, cleaning products, shampoo, shower gels, deodorants, plastic carrier bags, wrapping film, etc.
tinplate packaging from evaporated milk, coffee, tuna, animal feed, concentrated tomato juice, biscuits, etc.
2) How do we dispose of materials in the blue recycling bin?
We need to have removed all remains from packaging
We squeeze or fold as many packaging items as we can
We remove the caps from our bottles but we put them in the recycling bin as well
Once we reach the bin we empty the carrier bag containing the materials in it. Next we can also put our carrier bag in the recycling bin.
3) Why should I recycle? What benefit is there for me personally?
By means of recycling:
We protect the environment and improve our quality of life
We reduce the volume of rubbish ending up in landfill sites thus extending their life cycle
We save on raw materials and energy
New job positions are created
There are exchange rate gains for our country
We make a contribution towards culture since waste management is a culture indicator.
4) Where is the content of blue bins transported and how are recyclable materials separated?
Special collection vehicles transport the content of blue bins which eventually reaches the special Sorting Centers operating for this purpose. There, materials are separated through a process involving mechanical sorting devices and sorting by hand, as is the case in relative units abroad. Recyclable materials (plastic, paper, glass, aluminium, tinplate) are separated per material and transported for baling so that they can be converted into useful materials at the corresponding plants.
5) What does the European “green dot” sign, which is depicted on packaging, stand for?
Its presence denotes the financial contribution made by the company trading in the packaging concerned to recycling projects and it should not be taken to denote the recyclability or not of the packaging material.
6) When will the Municipality in which I reside sign an agreement with HE.R.R.Co?
This depends on the time schedule for the entry of the area concerned into the System, as set forth in the National Planning, the agreement between the state and the System, as well as the intentions of each municipality.
7) How can we get a recycling bin in my neighborhood?
The Hellenic Recovery Recycling Corporation donates the equipment required (vehicles/bins) to the affiliated municipalities. The System can only make proposals as to the bin network. The final decision as to how many recycling bins are going to be placed and at what points lies with the cooperating Municipalities. Therefore, you need to contact your Municipality, provided that it has joined the program, and in particular the Cleaning Department, and submit a request for the placement of a bin. In the course of expanding the blue bin network, municipalities take into account the requests submitted by residents and enterprises in order to serve all those participating in the recycling of packaging more effectively.
8) Whom do I need to address if the blue bin in my neighborhood is not emptied frequently?
The process of removing the recycling bins is to be undertaken by the Municipalities cooperating with the Collective Alternative Management System CAMS-RECYCLING (“System”) put in place by HE.R.R.Co. The System provides Local Authorities with the said equipment (vehicles, bins) for use according to the framework of cooperation between the System and Local Authorities which has been approved by the competent bodies. The Municipalities are responsible for the program’s operation and the removal of bins. Therefore you need to contact the Cleaning Department of your Municipality and inform them of the observation you have made.
9) What do I need to do if I observe a dysfunction in the Recycling operations?
The sound use of recycling vehicles and generally the process of removing the recycling bins fall under the responsibility and competence of the Municipalities cooperating with the Collective Alternative Management System CAMS-RECYCLING (“System”) which is organized by HE.R.R.Co. The System provides Local Authorities with the said equipment (vehicles, bins) for use according to the framework of cooperation between the System and Local Authorities, which has been approved by the competent bodies. Therefore, contacting the Municipality (Cleaning Department) is the first step any aware citizen should make, should they observe anything of the like. Certainly, where such observations by citizens reach the System, they are forwarded to the Municipality concerned and the reasons that have caused the phenomenon are sought, as well as any solutions for the purpose of eliminating them as a whole.
10) How do things stand in Greece in terms of Recycling? Are there any results?
Recycling is doing very well in Greece. We are on the same level, if not on a better one compared to the level on which the respective countries abroad found themselves 5 years following the commencement of recycling projects; meanwhile, we have already met 2/3 of the target set by the EU. The coordinated and well organized actions undertaken by HE.R.R.Co have contributed so that nowadays (10/5/09) about 8 million people throughout Greece enjoy the possibility of recycling. The amounts of packaging waste recovered in 2010 have reached about 511,000 tones.