Green Dot Cyprus, the Collective Scheme for the management of Packaging and Waste in Cyprus is pleased to announce that following overall collaboration the 2017 targets for the recycling of packaging have been attained! The year saw the recycling of 56,200 tonnes of packaging, meaning that the target set by the legislation (41,600 tonnes) was more than covered; in fact, it was covered to a degree of 135%, even though the recycling target was raised by 5% in 2017. This success is deemed even more important when taking into consideration that there is no institutional framework for the obligatory participation of citizens in recycling.
When compared to 2016, 2017 saw an increase of approximately 5% in the collection of PMD, Paper and Glass materials. In total, 63,931 tonnes of materials were collected (60,871 tonnes in 2016), from residencies and business premises.
By the end of 2017, the programme for the collection of recyclable packaging served about 82% of the population of the country, covering the needs of residents in 26 Municipalities and 50 Communities with regard to recycling related infrastructure.
At the same time, in 2017 the special programme for the collection of empty packaging for plant protection products that was developed in collaboration with the Cyprus Crop Protection Association continued to progress with a 52% increase in the amount of collected packaging compared to 2016.
It should be noted that the Green Dot Cyprus Recycling programmes rely on the participation and financial support of 959 companies – members and shareholders of the Organisation, which in this way show their support for and trust in the Collective System.
Green Dot Cyprus thanks most warmly all citizens for their voluntary participation in the recycling programmes. Without the contribution and support of the public we would have been unable to meet our recycling targets.
Attainment of Target for the Recycling of Packaging (%) by Year
Attainment of Target (%)
*Differentiation due to the calculation method of recycled materials. Paper which is not a form of packaging has been excluded.
** In 2017, the Recycling Target rose from 60% to 65%.