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  • 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.
  1. We need to have removed all remains from packaging.
  2. We squeeze or fold as many packaging items as we can.
  3. We remove the caps from our bottles but we put them in the recycling bin as well
  4. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Packaging recycling is going very well in Greece. We are at the same levels – if not better – with other countries upon the initiation period of the recycling projects, while the activation of HE.R.R.Co already covers the objectives set by the European Union, with the exception of glass for which special measures are being applied. The coordinated and systematic actions taken by HE.R.R.Co have contributed to the chance for 10 million inhabitants all over Greece to recycle. Every year, about 500,000 tons of recyclable materials are recycled instead of ending up in the landfill sites, thus contributing to the alleviation of the grave problem of finding new locations for the disposal of waste.