Since April 2019, the Aspropyrgos Industrial Complex (AIC) of the Hellenic Petroleum Group S.A., has implemented a pilot project - an integrated urban solid waste management system in response to the National Recycling and Circular Economy Goals for 2020. In all AIC premises, more than 250 color coded bins and signs were placed for the separate collection of the following 10 different recycling waste streams:
- Food residues
- Plastic caps
- Tetra Pack Containers
- Light bulbs
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Proper collection and transport without losses or mixing waste streams is carried out in separate bins as well as in bags within the bins, both color coded per recycling waste stream, so that the recycling destination of each bag is clearly visible. The following constitute the central bin placement points that cover the building facilities throughout the refinery:
- Offices’ Recycling Station
The main recycling station is located in office spaces in order to collect four prevalent materials (paper, metals, plastic and common waste) and serves employees’ daily needs.
- Restaurant Recycling Station
In restaurants, the recycling stations include additional materials, which are produced during the use of restaurants. Particular emphasis is placed on the separate collection of food residues both from employee trays and during the preparation of meals in the kitchen.
A recycling corner covering all materials was created in the central part of the administration building.
The installation of color coded bins at all these points allows for easy and separate sorting and collection for their removal to the appropriate recycling facility according to waste stream. Specifically for biodegradable food residue management, since Aspropyrgos Municipality was unable to undertake transport of this waste stream, a garbage truck was hired to transport food residues to the Composting Plant of Ano Liosia, at a minimum weekly basis.
For best urban waste management system operational results, the personnel handling the waste management system (cleaning / maintenance crew) were trained in order to adapt to the system’s new infrastructure and recycling requirements. Continuous training was also carried out for all AIC staff, including those responsible for cleaning the buildings, the heavy outdoor area cleaning as well as the staff responsible for the preparation and distribution of food within the premises.
The System is planned to be extended to the Group's other facilities in Elefsina and Thessaloniki.