Why should I recycle?
I should recycle because the benefits of recycling in your daily life are many:

I protect the environment and my health from dangerous chemical substances which are contained in waste.

I help in relieving the environment because by participating in recycling much less rubbish is left.

I economize in raw material and energy, because the energy required for the production of goods from primary material is many times greater that the energy needed when production is made from used material.

I strengthen the economy of my country.

I help in having a cleaner and healthier environment for us and the future generations.
Who manages the Packaging Recycling Program in Cyprus?
The Packaging Recycling Program in Cyprus is managed by Green Dot Cyprus which is the only Collective Compliance System for Packaging Waste in the country. The Organization was set up as a non-profit organization with the initiative of the local industry and of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) as the umbrella-organization, and today its Shareholders and Members are packaging obligated businesses, and CCCI. The Organization cooperates with more than 900 companies which operate in Cyprus and collects and manages packaging waste thus giving legal cover to its Members.
Does the Organization belong to a private individual?
Green Dot Cyprus is an Organization which does not belong to a private individual but to 87 companies which are the Shareholders of the Organization, and is controlled by a Board of Directors. The Organization was set up on the basis of European legislation under which companies which import or package products in Cyprus, are obligated to collect and recycle a percentage of their packaging. Green Dot Cyprus undertakes the obligation on behalf of its company-members and its members undertake the funding of these procedures.
Who in essence pays for the recycling of packaging?
Green Dot Cyprus is funded by the fees paid to the Organization by its companies – Members for the packaging of the products they sell. The cost from these fees are largely added on to the price of the products which we buy. So, it is the public who pay the cost of recycling through the products they buy. It is all of us without exception who pay for recycling, whether we participate in it or not.

While no sorting of material is done in the home, or the sorting is not the proper one, the cost of the system goes up. It is therefore in everybody’s benefit to participate in the recycling program by correctly sorting packaging at our homes.
Why should I recycle and others gain from it?
The collection and recycling of packaging costs much more than the value of the materials collected. Green Dot Cyprus is a non-profit Organization. The main income of the Organization comes from the fees paid by its companies-members.
Any possible surplus that the Organization may have (if from expenditure one deducts the revenue) it is used for communication purposes or for the development of the Organization. The total cost of the collection and recycling programme reaches 6 million annually.
Is Cyprus moving ahead well in the recycling of packaging?
The course of packaging recycling in Cyprus is at encouraging levels if one considers that half the households in the areas that Green Dot Cyprus operates participate in the recycling program. This target would seem unfeasible for Cyprus a few years ago. According to the figures of our Organization, from 2007 to 2016 about 400,000 tons of waste packaging has been recycled. This in volume corresponds with about 390 Olympic-sized swimming pools. So, that is the space we have saved in landfills from the avoidance of burying these materials.
How does the packaging recycling program operate?
The packaging recycling program operates as follows:
Recyclable packaging is separated into three categories, PMD, Paper and Glass.

The PMD category includes plastic bottles, containers and bags, metal packaging (aluminum and tin) and paper beverage containers (of the tetrapack type).

The Paper category includes: dry cardboard boxes (medicines, shoes, cereal), and cardboard boxes, newspapers,
magazines, advertising leaflets and office paper.

And finally, the Glass category includes: glass bottles, jars and other glass containers.

In urban and suburban areas, collection for the PMD and Paper categories is made from door to door. This means that the Paper and PMD categories are collected once a week from the pavement outside the house, after they have been previously placed inside the special recycling bags. So, there is no need for bins in our neighbourhoods for these two categories for us to participate in recycling. The bins are simply supportive of the System.

In tourist areas and certain communities, PMD and Paper categories should be carried properly sorted to the recycling bins closest to them and placed in these bins accordingly.

In all areas where Green Dot Cyprus operates glass packaging is collected by bins, to which individuals should carry their packaging.
All material is collected by the same recycling truck. So why should we sort our packaging?
Both the bags and the bins for recycling are collected on the same day of the week by special crews in order to facilitate the public, but they are collected by different trucks in order to avoid mixing the material. So, every category of material is collected by a different truck. There are however cases where the same truck collects both the PMD and Paper categories but this kind of truck is specially equipped to separately collect the two categories of material.
Which packaging is not collected for recycling? Why are they not collected?
The following packaging are not a target of the System and should not be mixed with the three categories mentioned above:
(a) Plastic packaging of foodstuffs such as pre-cooked meals, dishes for frozen foodstuff, dishes for raw meats, etc and generally any packaging that contains food apart from the ones that they are included in PMD category.
(b) Plastic wrappers of all kinds (plastic wrappers of pasta, biscuits and sweets, etc.)
(c) Aluminum foil, aluminum wrappers (of chocolates, chips, sweets, etc)
(d) Paper wrappers (of chocolates, cakes, gifts, etc.)
e) Plastic cups/plates, masks, toys
The reason that this material is not collected is because the System concentrates only in the collection of material which can easily and efficiently be recycled. Separate collection and sorting costs and it is not cost effective for anybody to collect and sort material which cannot or cannot easily be recycled.
Why should I wash out the packaging?
It is very important that packaging should be clean of remnants of food and drink so that their recycling may be more effective as well as for sanitary reasons. Especially if one considers that in the sorting units, as well as in the ports and the recycling factories it is working people who handle this material. In order not to waste clean water you could wash out the packaging in already used water.
Why should we separate polystyrene from paper? And why nylon also?
When these materials are placed together, polystyrene and nylon break up by the compression in the collection vehicles and little pieces of them get stuck on the paper. The paper recycling factories do not accept paper with pieces of polystyrene or nylon as they create problems to the operation of the factories.
Why should we sort materials at home?
Because it has been proved by the experiences of other countries of Europe that effective recycling is carried out only if material is sorted in our homes where the materials are still clean. For example, if our paper is mixed with the remnants of our food, then the largest part of the paper will not be usable and all our work will have been wasted.
So, it is important that every individual should help by properly sorting the materials at home because otherwise the cost of management will be multiplied. This cost will ultimately be paid by the individual as it is added on to the prices of products which he/she buys.
What does the ‘Green Dot’ trademark which is depicted on packaging mean?
The Green Dot trademark on a packaging is simply an indication that the company which imports or packages the product in Cyprus is a member of a Collective System such as Green Dot Cyprus and contributes financially for the recycling of the packaging of the product. This logo does not declare if a packaging can by recycled or not.
Why should we use the special recycling bags?
The recycling bags should be used so that they can stand out in the dark for the collection crews to be aware that they contain material for recycling. Also, the special bags depict the recycling material to be entered into them so that the public may be helped in the proper sorting. Our Organization has no financial benefit from the sale of these bags.
The bags are costly, why do you not hand them out for free?
The cost of giving out free recycling bags to all is prohibitive while at the same time some people might use them for general rubbish. Also, the difference in the cost of bags that you buy is not great as instead of, for example, buying 4 black bags a week, you would be buying only 2 black and 2 for recycling.
They do not pass by to collect. I put out my material and they did not pass by to collect.
Were your materials in the proper bags and did you put them out on the pavement on the right day?
If yes, then we apologise, and please put them out again on the day of collection and if there is a problem again call us on 7000 0090.
Why are the streams of paper and PMD collected from Door-to-Door while glass is not?
Glass is dangerous both for the collectors and for passers-by if left out on the pavement and for this reason it should be placed inside the special glass recycling bins.
Also, it is not possible to combine glass in its collection with other materials because it breaks and creates problems to the other material and great difficulties in its sorting.
Why are most materials collected from Door-to-Door and not with recycling bins?
The experience in the rest of Europe has shown that collection from Door-to-Door renders more and better quality material than recycling bins. Also, the effort is the collection System to be as friendly as possible to the individual, restricting as much as possible changes to his/her daily life.
We cannot find recycling bins in our neighbourhood
In the areas where PMD and Paper collection takes place from the pavement recycling bins are not needed, except for glass. Paper and PMD are collected once a week from your pavement. You do not need to look for bins. Bins are just additional.
How can I be informed about the collection day in my area, or where there is a bin near me?
To be informed about the collection day in your area, or where there is a recycling bin near you, you can download the application for mobile phones and tablets ‘ReCYcling CY’ , and press here or contact out telephone centre at 7000 0090.
Where do the materials go?
After their collection, the materials are transported to 2 sorting facilities, located one in Latsia and the other in Moni. The material is then sorted at the facility and sent for management overseas. The only material which stays in Cyprus is glass which is crushed and used as raw material in cement and other building material.
It is difficult, it’s a hassle.
If you try it, you will see that it is very easy. It’s like taking out the rubbish for your Municipality to collect, only with a different bag.
But you also throw away material
We only throw away inappropriate material or rubbish that people put in the bags or the recycling bins. Nothing else. It is not by chance that every year we recycle about 45,000 tons of material.
In any way completed recycling does not take place in Cyprus
But it is not necessary to recycle everything in Cyprus. Cyprus, as a small and non-industrial country does not have recycling factories. Factories, such as a paper factory for example, needs a lot of water and very much energy to operate. In Cyprus, there are water shortages and energy is very expensive. Also, the quantities of materials are not so great that a factory could efficiently operate in Cyprus. So, for all these reasons it is more efficient to send overseas most of the material for recycling.
Why not give direct or indirect incentives to individuals for recycling?
Whether some direct or indirect incentive should be given to individuals in order to participate in recycling is a decision that can be taken and imposed only by the State but it can and should be supported by all of us. Incentives are part of a total number of tools which the State can use if it wishes to achieve a turn towards an environmental direction and therefore to the development of an environmental culture.
There is a plethora of such tools which are used successfully in many European countries for many years now. Such kinds of tools are direct incentives, such as tax cuts for people who manage their waste, through new taxation systems based on the principle of “Pay as you Throw”, but also tools such as the imposing of mandatory recycling.
Especially the system “Pay as you Throw” is a system which renders waste taxation fairer by directly linking the tax paid with the quantity of rubbish produced by each household. This means that those who properly manage their rubbish (recycling, reducing or composting), would have a direct financial benefit, while those who do not and simply throw away everything, would have a direct financial burdening. So, there are solutions. What remains is to start applying them.
When will the Municipality/Community I live in join Green Dot Cyprus?
That will depend on the timetable of entry of the specific area according to the planning of the System as well as on the agreement of the System with the Municipality/Community where you live.
My questions have not been answered so far. What should I do?
You may contact us, sending us a message to admin@greendot.com.cy, or on our Facebook page “Green Dot Cyprus” or through our telephone centre 7000 0090.

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