Due to the challenges in the implementation of waste management regulations and European standards (e.g. the implementation of the European Landfill Directive) there are hardly any sustainable recycling systems in Greece. Currently, the untreated landfilling of solid wastes generates environmental impacts as well as risk of landfill fires and releases significant CO2-emissions. The recycling of wastes and  separated collection of organic wastes is incorporated in the Greek National waste management plan.

By means of a feasibility study the basis for a holistic material management system for biogenic residues on islands will be demonstrated on the example of the islands Lesbos and Chios. The study includes assessment of  technical and infrastructural components based on German environmental technologies and systemic solutions. Derived on the status quo situation and evaluation against optimizations, the viable options for actions and implementation-oriented concepts will be developed individually for the islands. Herewith the questions of inter-sectoral connection between energy and tourism, bioeconomy, as well as refugee crisis related wastes such as live vest and dinghies will be integrated in the feasibility study. Finally, pilot projects will be developed with the goal for implementation from 2019.

From German side the companies Bekon GmbH, Pyreg GmbH und Palaterra GmbH, as well as the Alps Research Institute GmbH are involved in the project. Besides academic partners as the University of the Aegean and German experts in the fields of circular economy and project development, a variety of  stakeholders in the region are involved in all steps of the project .


  • Izes
  • Pyreg
  • Bekon
  • AFI
  • Palaterra
  • Matflow Consulting
  • University of the Aegean