This project aims at addressing and implementing EU and Greek legislation through the integrated management of waste oils and by setting up collection points improving collection techniques, collection and transport practices, awareness raising to stakeholders and social partners and the completing the necessary environmental infrastructure for closed-loop life-cycle management of waste oils.
In particular, the project will involve the setting up of a pilot demonstration collection system for waste oils that have not been previously addressed. It will also set up a pilot demonstration project for the separation at source of waste oils and petroleum residues. The project further aims to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, specifically lubricant oils and petroleum, with a life-cycle approach, in order to decouple environmental impact from economic growth by regenerating and recycling waste oils and petroleum residues into a ‘new product’, rather than extracting further resources. In the context of the new Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), the project will include a particular focus on the application of the waste hierarchy in waste policies by promoting waste oil and petroleum residue regeneration. The project aims to contribute to the further development of national legislation addressing waste arising from these sources. It will also contribute to the implementation of the EU POP Regulation: waste oils and petroleum residues from the sources addressed in this project are often sent for illegal and uncontrolled burning in facilities that do not fulfill environmental standards, thus resulting in the production of pollutant emissions such as dioxins, sulfur and nitrate oxides etc.. By setting-up waste collection points and utilizing these wastes for regeneration, their illegal burning and the production of air pollutants will be prevented.
Generally, ELINA’s main goals are including:
- Reviewing of the relevant legislation
- Recognising and mapping of the main WO&PR producers in Greece,
- Identifying the quantities and chemical composition of the WO&PR that they are produced,
- Setting-up of a pilot WO&PR collection network from different locations across the country
- Demonstrating a pilot plan of source separation of WO&PR on 2 large passengers vessels,
- Organising stakeholders forums,
- Recognising and mapping existing WO&PR management infrastructures,
- Producing a Green practice guide incorporating the above mentioned activities.