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Description of project, objectives and targets

The LIFE+ project titled “The development of Pay as You Throw Systems in Hellas, Estonia, and Cyprus (HEC-PAYT)” began on January 5th 2009. The project is composed of 6 partners from 4 different EU member states.

  • The Municipality of Elefsina,
  • the LHTEE of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki,
  • the Ecological Recycling Society from Greece,
  • Dresden Technical University from Germany,
  • Tallinn University of Technology from Estonia and
  • Technomart Ltd from Cyprus.

The project aims to examine and develop methodologies for Pay As You Throw systems in Greece, Estonia and Cyprus and to implement a pilot PAYT system in the Municipality of Elefsina, in order to reach the overall objectives of the project which are to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill; to promote and implement wide scale recycling projects; to reach high recycling targets, specifically in regards to packaging waste, WEEE, batteries and bio-waste; to develop and implement a demonstration project for the application of PAYT in the Municipality of Elefsina; to implement a demonstration project in Greece which will examine and re-evaluate the existing pricing mechanism in regards to landfill use and costs; to determine which PAYT model is the best for Estonia and Cyprus; to create synergies between the Greek waste management stakeholders so as to promote and develop best possible synergies and integration of the recycling infrastructure to secure best results; to include the public in stakeholder meeting so as to insure their wide-scale cooperation and to take into account their views on the issue and the socio-economic factors related to the public; to conduct a survey and examine all the existing Pay As You Throw systems at a global level and to see which can best be applied to the geographical areas of this project where no such concepts exist; to share the experience and knowledge acquired in this project with other stakeholders so that they may benefit from the best practices acquired in the project; to provide the public with information for the promotion and implementation of sustainable consumption practices, waste prevention, reduction and recycling and to therefore, indirectly support and develop recycling industries and markets.

To reach these objectives the project has been divided into five actions. These are as follows:

  1. Project management, reporting and monitoring.
  2. Analysis and documentation and the study of the international institutional framework and needs analysis concerning amendments to the Hellenic, Cypriot and Estonian framework.
  3. Pilot applications which include the study and application planning of alternative PAYT schemes in a Hellenic municipality; a pilot application and the adaptation, adjustment and fitting of PAYT to Hellenic local conditions; what-if analysis also on the basis of negative results from previous PAYT applications will significantly reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill, be a pilot project for the promotion and implementation of wide scale recycling projects, and targets specifically in regards to packaging waste, WEEE, batteries and bio-waste.
  4. Establishment of a stakeholders’ forum for the promotion and implementation of PAYT in Greece to examine and re-evaluate the existing pricing mechanism in regards to landfill use and costs. This will also create synergies between the Greek waste management stakeholders so as to promote and develop the best possible synergies and integration of the recycling infrastructure to secure best results. The public will also be included in the stakeholders meeting so as to insure their wide-scale cooperation and to take into account their views on the issue and the socio-economic factors related to the public.
  5. Public Awareness and dissemination. This action will promote and publicize the project. It will provide the public with information for the promotion and implementation of sustainable consumption practices, waste prevention, reduction and recycling and it will share the experience and knowledge acquired in this project with other stakeholders so that they may benefit from the best practices acquired in the project through a workshop.