Local Authorities have, under Legislation that governs their establishment and operation, the competency for the recovery, transport and disposal of solid urban waste, which is carried out under the provisions of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Law.
They also have general competency for the activities which take place within their administrative area.
Therefore, the operation of a comprehensive network for the recovery of packaging by the administrative area of local Authorities needs to be developed in order to achieve the targets provided for by legislation.
A prerequisite for the successful operation of such a System is the close cooperation of the System with local Authorities, both for the technical planning and the functioning of the projects, as well as for informing the public about the value of recycling and on how citizens can participate in the recycling programme in their area.
The successful cooperation which has developed with local Authorities in the previous years is evident from the recycling results within their Administrative boundaries.
Press here to learn about the results of recycling in Municipalities and Communities with which Green Dot Cyprus cooperates.
Manner of operation of the System within the boundaries of a local Authority
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.
Benefit/Cost for the Local Authorities from its cooperation with the System
Local Authorities benefit from their cooperation with the System in various ways, among which the ones below: