Recycling Sympraxis

LIFE+ Recycling Sympraxis
(LIFE 07/ENV/GR/000265)

Funding Source
Total budget
Q-PLAN role
Contact person(s)

European Commission – DG Environment
January 2009 – December 2011
1.273.110 € (EC funding: 621.855 €)
Mr Dimitrios Daskalakis – +30 2310 411 191,


LIFE+ RECYCLING SYMPRAXIS aimed to study, develop and implement pilot recycling schemes of various types of municipal solid waste through the collaboration of public and private sector and focusing on the touristic character of Chalkidiki, Greece. Types of waste studied included:

  • Packaging waste.
  • Organic waste (garden waste, kitchen waste etc).
  • Special types of waste, such as electronic and electric equipment waste (WEEE) and construction and demolition waste (CDW).

The project constituted one of the first organized efforts towards the implementation of recycling schemes in Chalkidiki region. More specifically:

  • For the first time, a Packaging Material recycling scheme was implemented in the two of the Municipalities of Chalkidiki that were partners in the project (Kassandra and Sithonia). The informal PPP scheme that was formed was very clear and could be easily continued, expanded or replicated.
  • For the first time in Halkidiki, an Organic Waste Recycling Scheme was implemented with the creation of an Open Air Composting Field in Aristotle Municipality and the dissemination of Organic Waste recycling Bins to large hotel establishments.
  • For the first time in Halkidiki, a Electric/Electronical Waste Recycling Scheme (WEEE) was implemented with the collaboration of the national Collective Alternative WEEE Management System
  • A detailed analysis of the current situation in Halkidiki as regards waste management and recycling was conducted. It was the first organized attempt to monitor and estimate the waste quantities and synthesis produced in the region, consisting therefore an important tool for responsible authorities, decision makers for waste management etc.
  • A substantial increase in the level of environmental awareness among all local stakeholders (local authorities, public institutions, private sector, local population) was achieved due to the project actions’ implementation.

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Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Quality management and significant support to project management and dissemination
  • Responsible for the elaboration of the following benchmarking studies:
    – “Technologies and applications State-of-the-Art in recycling and waste management”
    – “Public Private Partnerships in recycling and waste management framework study and analysis”
    – “Good practices and know-how in recycling and waste management”
  • Responsible for developing scenarios for possible PPP ventures in Chalkidiki region for the recycling of the selected waste streams and for integrating the scenarios built in one PPP scheme.
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