For the recovery of household packaging, the System operates in cooperation with the local Authorities, programmes for sorting at the source, sorting in special facilities and finally, utilization of packaging materials by recycling or energy recovery, which currently cover 81% of the population.
For the recovery of commercial/industrial packaging, the System functions in support of the existing industry of material recycling through intelligent financial rewards which aim at activating the free market and thus increasing the quantities of these packaging which are recovered and made use of.
In September 2006 work for the recovery and recycling of commercial and Industrial Packaging had begun.
In February 2007 the first projects for recovery and recycling of household packaging of the System begun in 5 Municipalities. The Municipalities of Strovolos in Nicosia and the Municipalities of Yermasoyia, Mesa Yitonia, Ayios Athanassios and Kato Polemidia in Limassol. Within a series of expansions, the programme today covers 28 Municipalities and approximately 59 Communities in all districts.
The strategic choice of the System to implement a specific way of collecting packaging which is based mainly on curbside collection from homes but also from recycling points, creates the need for the closest possible cooperation of the System with the local Authorities. We believe that the greater part of the System’s success depends on this cooperation and the support that the System receives from the local Authorities.