General information on waste management

Hazardous wastes are the wastes whose properties render them hazardous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. With the term hazardous wastes we refer to wastes containing toxic, explosive, flammable, cancerous, radioactive, irritant and all other substances that may cause deterioration to the water (ground or underground), the air or the ground.

A hazardous waste is considered hazardous indeed when appearing in one of the following four catalogues of hazardous wastes (F-list. K-list, P-list or U-list) or is characterized by one of the following: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity.

Based on the existing legal framework, the following is considered as hazardous waste:

All waste marked with an asterisk (potentially hazardous waste) classified as dangerous according to the provisions of paragraph Α (art.4) of Annex 1, article 19 of JMD 13588/725/2006. All other waste classified as hazardous according to the terms and procedure of art. 6 JMD13588/725/2006

All waste on the European Waste Catalogue marked with an asterisk and having a granular form, is characterised as hazardous when:

  • either they have one or more properties of Annex II of the JMD 13588/725/2006.
  • or they exceed the limit values of paragraph 2.2.2 of the 2003/33/EK decision when subject to testing provisioned in the same decision.

Waste management is according to Greek legislation at the producer's responsibility. Within this framework, each producing company should either undertake its waste management according to the legitimate procedures or select the appropriate collaborator, who is in possession of all the permits and insurances and will proceed to safe and environmentally proper management with technically and financially viable solutions providing the producer with the necessary certificates.

In general, waste management includes:

  • Listing under the European Waste Catalogue, transfer and storage.
  • Processing, recovering and final disposal in Greece and abroad.

For this sector the company's holding of private collection and transfer ADR vehicles, the possibility of temporary storage in licensed premises as well as experienced scientific and technical personnel, offers optimal services starting from the organisation of waste collection from the producer's plants to the final disposal/recovery facilities, at times that ensure the smooth operation of any producing unit and in a technically and environmentally apt manner at a reasonable cost.

In order to realise hazardous waste management, PELCO holds:

  • A hazardous waste collection and transfer license (with the exception of contagious, explosive and radioactive waste)
  • A hazardous waste storage license (with the exception of contagious, explosive and radioactive waste)
  • An entry at the Registry for Hazardous Waste Sector of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (providing it the possibility for cross-border transfer to approved plants abroad).

The spectrum of hazardous waste productions we cover expands from small service providers (laboratories, service centres, cleaning services, printing houses etc) to large industrial units throughout the country, to which PELCO can provide optimal technical and financial solutions as well as safe environmental results.

The most common flows of hazardous waste to be managed are:

  • Pesticides Laboratory chemicals, slimes from liquid waste.
  • Solvents
  • Machining emulsions
  • Development-Printing chemicals
  • Preparations to be destroyed (detergents, cosmetics, medicine)
  • Colours, inks
  • PCBs