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Recycling in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Nearly 47,150 tones of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) were recycled in Greece in 2008, preventing 360,000 tones of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere.  The amount recycled corresponds to 2.3 million electric and electronic appliances. The target for Greece is for every household to recycle 60-65% of its electric and electronic waste, meaning approximately 10 kilos of waste per capita.  Authorities suggest that the proliferation of recycling will provide factories with “clean” raw material to be used in the steel industry.  In 2008, the industry used 23,000 tones of “clean” steel. A recent measure to subsidise households with the cost of replacing air-conditioning units is starting to pay off and the need for this initiative to include other appliances has been argued.  Appliances Recycling S.A..: Recycling SA has exceeded the recycling targets imposed by the EU