1st electronic appliance recycling plant opens in Greece

1st electronic appliance recycling plant opens in Greece

The first electrical and electronic appliance recycling plant in Greece was inaugurated today in Aghii Theodori township, west of Athens, by Environment minister George Souflias. "The opening of the electronic waste recycling plant constitutes an important step toward making the recycling of electrical and electronic appliances an everyday reality," he stressed. The plant can process large household appliances (ovens, refrigerators etc.), small household appliances (toasters, vacuum cleaners etc.), office and communication equipment (PCs, printers, phones, faxes etc.), entertainment appliances electronics (televisions, stereos, portable CD players etc.), lighting equipment (mainly fluorescent lights), electric-powered tools, toys, fitness machines, medical appliances and instruments, surveillance equipment and even automatic issuing systems. Souflias said the manufacturing sector gets most of its raw materials from the recycling industry, stressing that in Europe 50% of paper and steel, 43% of glass and 40% of non-ferrous metals come from recycling. The minister also stated that the goal for 2007 is to recycle 23% of all waste produced in Greece, compared to 3% in 2003. Currently, a total of 10 certified systems for alternative waste management are in operation in Greece for packaging, lubricants, electronic waste, cars, tires, portable electric devices and batteries