Activity 4.1

Implementation of the scheme for MSW separation at source in the Municipality of Tinos

In the framework of Activity 4.1, the ISWM scheme operation was implemented from 10.06.2013 until 30.06.2015.

Figure 1 ISWM scheme for dry recyclables


Figure 2 ISWM scheme for biowaste

The ISWM scheme was developed in two separate phases:


10.06.2013 – 29.07.2014  -  A phase: implementation of source separation scheme for dry recyclables

29.07.2014 – 30.06.2015 – B phase: full implementation of source separation scheme for dry recyclables and biowaste


During the implementation of the ISWM TINOS scheme, the collection of the source separated dry recyclable waste (i.e. metal, plastic, paper and glass) and biowaste were continuously weighed, recorded and monitored by the staff of the Municipality of Tinos. Additional data on the quantity and quality of source sorted dry recyclables were provided by the staff of the Recycling Sorting Centre (RSC) of Koropi, in Attika, where the fully loaded containers were transferred periodically in order to be promoted for recycling to the respective industries of Greece and abroad.


The most important results of the ISWM TINOS scheme implementation were the following:


-       maximum social acceptance of the recycling scheme, resulted in the expansion of the implementation area to 4 additional communities (Platia, Venardados, Marlas and Mamados communities) adjacent to the initial target region.

-       MSW compositional analyses revealed the following data:



Table 1 Estimated MSW generation and composition analysis

Waste material    Kg inh-1yr-1








Plastic & metal






Rest Waste







-       Increased purity levels of the target MSW materials were reported by the RSC staff where the source separated waste materials were delivered. More specifically:

Total Quantity received at the MRF: 33tn/yr

-       Recovery rate at the MRF: ≈90% (10% impurities)

-       94% Paper/Paperboard

-       79% Plastic & Metals

-       98% Glass

  • HIGHLIGHT: Packaging waste recovery rates in Greece range between 50-60%. The efficiency difference is mainly related to the separation of packaging waste in different streams compared to the mixed packaging waste scheme which commonly applied in Greece (blue bin scheme)


-       The source separation of biowaste was practiced effectively by the participating households. The average value of impurities remained in very low levels ~ 1.5% throughout the implementation phase.

Figure 3 Impurities composition analysis of collected biowaste from Pyrgos and Panormos area

The outcomes of Activity 4.1 were employed for the accomplishment of the activities of Action 5, concerning the evaluation of the ISWM system operation period.