Projects for 40 waste plants across the country including one in Kefalonia

Government plan for waste management with waste generation generated by Greek and international interest – Suez in battle with Greek groups – PPC and Vardinoyannis to stakeholders

The largest waste management program, with the development of more than 40 waste plants across the country for the next four years, is being launched by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, with the ambitious goal that by 2030 only 10% of landfill will be buried – 80% of which is today.

The government design that is driving the interest of large European groups , such as the French Suez, and will power projects and domestic construction groups, bringing in new players such as PPC and Motor Oil, while building new alliances, will serve three mainly policies on which the RIS is leading.

Source selection with the development of recycling and coffee bins for organic waste, waste energy utilization to be included in new projects, including the three PPP units to be auctioned in Attica 2020-2021 (Schisto , Race) and the western part of Thessaloniki, but also the activation of waste landfill for municipalities that do not comply with the environmental rules and principles of the circular economy and continue to bury their waste. Indeed, regarding the environmental charge, there is reportedly a decision by Minister Kostis Hatzidakis to be implemented this year without further postponements.

The fee is estimated at 10 euros per tonne of waste going to landfills , a fee that is expected to adjust municipal fees upwards, although some operators declare willing to cover it. The environmental fee will not be subject to the local authorities processing their waste in waste management units.

50% recycling by 2025

“The government is devising a new strategy in waste-free waste management projects to save precious time lost by shifting recycling and utilizing all the technologies that will enable the waste to be used for energy,” the secretary general said. Waste Management Manolis Grafakos.


As he notes, the goal is to drastically reduce the buried residue , which goes through energy recovery either directly for energy production, as will be done with large waste units, or by developing SRF of a secondary fuel that can be developed from smaller units and utilized by the cement industries.


This will be clear in the new national waste plan which is being updated and will soon become an institutional framework. Today it is estimated that about 40% of the materials are recovered from waste treatment, while the remaining 60% is lost due to moisture (about 1/4). This means that there is less waste at the plant, and now the goal is to burn it. This model will rid the country of landfills and landfills and bring a very positive environmental footprint.

The national plan will more realistically capture the recycling goals as the country is left behind.

According to European requirements, the goal of 55% recycling should be achieved by Member States in 2025 . Greece will achieve this goal 5 years later (2030) and by 2025 it will set 50%. There are many reservations about achieving the goal, which makes it a safer prospect for the country to go to 30% recycling by 2023, almost doubling today’s rates. According to Mr Grafakos, the new ECHR will not include restrictions on public waste management. “Any municipal authority wishing to outsource the entire waste management cycle, including waste collection, to a private individual will be able to do so, which is already foreseen by the institutional framework voted on in the Ministry of Development bill,” he says. .


According to the ministry, the latest opportunity to finance waste management projects is the current NSRF , which has resources for equivalent projects of 940m euros. This means that the new projects must have been contracted by the end of 2021. In the next funding period, the RIS estimates that only energy recovery waste management projects will be funded.

Where will the factories be built

Transferring their experience from their recent trip to Paris in the framework of the investment forum, Mrs Chatzidakis and Grafakos had the opportunity to visit Suez and Veolia’s respective factories operating in France for years and to reinforce their arguments about how proven technologies abroad can be applied in our country as well.

This know-how developed by the French multinationals is ready to bring in Greece as well. For example, Suez in collaboration with Greek groups ( TERNA and possibly Intrakat ) will be among the international groups that are sure to enter the bidding for PPPs. There is also interest from Motor Oil , which appears to be talking to specialized companies in the waste management sector, the Mytileneos, Hellktor, Mediterranean, Avax and of course PPC, which is investigating all technologies for the incineration of waste at the lignite stations to be closed.

Although market executives point out that energy efficiency technologies will need significant and institutional intervention to move forward, they are still recording the strengths of government policy that promise to address the long-standing problem of waste management.

The units will be developed from the major urban centers of Athens and Thessaloniki to the mainland and islands , with factories being hosted from Crete, Zakynthos and Corfu to Leros, Thassos and Chios not only with public money but and with private resources.

However, based on the plan in the plan so far only five PPPs. All other works are publicly available.

Today there are only 4 waste treatment plants in operation plus the Biocarbon Plant in Heraklion and the Recycling and Composting Plant (EMAK) in Fyli, which need upgrades, while seven are under construction: Alexandroupoli, Thivos, PeiTi, Ilia of Crete.

There are an additional seven units that have either been auctioned or will be auctioned in the first half of 2020 (Kavala, Trikala, Nafpaktos, Leros, Corfu, Zakynthos, East Thessaloniki) and a further 17 (West Thessaloniki, Patra, Volos, Lamos, North) Lesvos, Chalkida, Larissa, Heraklion, Agrinio, Sitia, Hersonissos, Mykonos, Fokida, Andros, Tinos and Kefalonia), scheduled to be auctioned in 2020, plus the 3 Attica plants.

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