The Green Mission: A dynamic environmental initiative of SUNLIGHT Recycling for the proper recycling of lead-acid batteries
Active contribution to achieving the country’s national environmental targets as regards the old lead-acid batteries’ collection ratios
Development of the circular economy in collaboration with institutions and companies
Training and awareness-raising of 14,000 private enterprises on to the proper recycling of lead-acid batteries
Athens, 6 December 2016 ‐ The management of Sunlight Recycling, member of the Olympia Group, owned by Panos Germanos, presented today its “Green Mission” environmental initiative, which aims to raise the awareness of the general public and business world with regard to the proper way to recycle lead-acid batteries. The Green Mission brings together many institutions and is implemented with the support of companies* operating in the Greek and global market.
Noteworthy is the gravity of the problem that the Green Mission is aiming to address since in Greece only 50% of used lead-acid batteries are collected and recycled, compared to 95% in Europe. Moreover, at the same time, a large percentage of used batteries are recycled illegally, with particularly negative impacts on Greece’s economy and environment.
The objectives of the Green Mission environmental programme, which is an initiative of Sunlight Recycling, include:
Lead acid batteries’ collection ratios
To provide information and raise public and company awareness of the benefits gained from the proper recycling of lead-acid batteries
The following actions of the programme are already in progress: during the first 2-year period 2016‐2017, the Green Mission initiative targets 14,000 Greek companies which generate and/or manage significant quantities of industrial waste, raising awareness and informing them. Already, 30 major corporations from various business sectors have actively joined the Green Mission.
In this context, the website www.greenmission.gr was created, primarily to provide a reliable source of information for issues related to the recycling of old lead-acid batteries. Both individuals and companies can get information about the proper recycling of old lead-acid batteries, the applicable legislation, etc.
2018 will be another dynamic year with the planned extension of the awareness and information campaign to include the Greek municipalities. The aim is to create Green Collection Points for used lead-acid batteries.
An increasing number of private enterprises are openly placing their trust in the Green Mission’s objectives, including, by way of example, the following: ABB, ACE
POWER ELECTRONICS, ALTER EGO, ENGIE, IDE INTRACOM, ISOMAT, IT SPARKLES, KION
ARCHITECTS, NOVA, PUBLIC, RAYCAP, SIDENOR, SYMETAL, TERRA NOVA, TOYOTA MATERIAL
HANDLING, AEIFOROS, ATTIKES DIADROMES, ATTIKI ODOS, JOTIS, DELTA
ELVAL, HELLENIC CABLES, BARBA STATHIS, HYGEIA HOSPITAL, HERON, CORINTH PIPEWORKS, TYRAS, HCAA, HALCOR.
The Green Mission presentation was attended by SEPAN (Federation of Recycling and Energy Recovery Industries and Enterprises), ETVA VIPE (ETVA Industrial Zones), and Supreme Court lawyer Giorgos Konstantinopoulos. Also present on behalf of Hellenic Recycling Agency (HRA) was Mrs. Haritopoulou, Director of Alternative Management.
Mr. S. Kopolas, General Manager of Sunlight Recycling, stated, ”As a company which has demonstrated the benefits gained from observing proper recycling processes, at both business and environmental levels, we aim to communicate to and share our philosophy with as large an audience as possible. Thanks to the monitoring and control of the waste batteries’ journey from cradle to grave, together with the cutting-edge environmentally-friendly technologies already offered by Sunlight Recycling, we guarantee almost zero negative impact on the environment. Furthermore, by using state-of-the-art technologies, properly recycled products of pure lead and alloys are redirected into the market in accordance with the principles of the circular economy.”
President of SEPAN Panagiotis Skiadas stated, ”Recycling is not a panacea for waste management. While waste recovery as part of the circular economy is the ultimate aim, certain conditions still have to be met. Environmental criteria also need to be added directly into the existing legal framework to ensure sound recycling.”
The representative of ETVA VIPE, Mrs. Mairi Nikolaou, remarked, ”We welcome Sunlight Recycling’s initiative, Green Mission, and declare our firm intention to be actively involved in it, being convinced that environmentally sound recycling is the responsibility of the industries.”
Mr. Konstantinopoulos, expert evaluator of the European Commission on environmental legislation harmonization, stated, ”The Green Mission initiative highlights the importance of consolidating the environmentally sound management of waste batteries by all parties involved, which will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst driving growth and mobilisation of the circular economy, in these difficult times for Greece.»
All member companies of the Green Mission share the common values of consistency, respect and circular economy-based entrepreneurship and demonstrate their commitment to the proper management and recycling of waste lead-acid batteries.
It is noted that since 2014, backed by a hefty investment to the tune of 31 million euro, Sunlight Recycling has been operating in the area of Komotini as the most technologically and environmentally state-of-the-art lead battery recycling plant in Europe.
The plant, which has fully vertically integrated Systems Sunlight’s production has an annual recycling capacity of 25,000 tons of used batteries and guarantees recycling of lead-acid batteries with almost negative zero impact on the environment.
*Member companies (in alphabetical order)
ACE POWER ELECTRONICS
TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING