Recycler “busted” in Skiathos

Generic Bales of crushed aluminum containers - not in Skiathos

Generic Bales of crushed aluminum containers – not in Skiathos


Three area newspapers (Taxydromos, MagnesiasNews, and e-Thessalia) report that someone in Skiathos was illegally operating a baling machine (compacts and binds aluminum cans into blocks). The worker was arrested for non-compliance with Greek Environmental Law #4042/12. The law was adopted by the Greek legislature in 2012 and derives from EU “Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (Waste Framework Directive)”.

The newspapers say that the crime was working a machine which was installed without permission from the Regional Unit Magnesias.
Why didn’t the recycling entity do the proper paperwork? And what’s wrong with recycling anyway?

The EU directive states in part that “The Directive lays down some basic waste management principles: it requires that waste be managed without endangering human health and harming the environment, and in particular without risk to water, air, soil, plants or animals, without causing a nuisance through noise or odours, and without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest.”

Assumption #1 – maybe the recycling entity didn’t know that they needed a license and never applied for permission.
Assumption #2 – maybe someone complained about the operation due to the “without causing a nuisance through noise or odours, and without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest” part of the directive

I’m betting on a combination of the assumptions – somebody complained because the operation was noisy, smelly or uglified the neighborhood and the police shut them down for not having a permit. Having permission might have required an inspection by the Regional authorities and either they didn’t give the permit, or the proper permit had lapsed, or the operator didn’t know that they needed permission in the first place. I hope that it all works out.

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4 thoughts on “Recycler “busted” in Skiathos

  1. That raises a lot of questions. Did the man turn himself in to the police? How was the crime discovered? Did the ferret die at the scene of the crime or later in the veterinary office?
    This is the type of “misapplication of justice” or “they have a law about that ?” story which is campaign fodder for people like the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

    If I had a ferret, I’d never leave it in the car. Instead I’d tape it to my motorbike.

  2. Pretty sad, though, how some people here regularly seem to find a way to wreck initiatives that are basically well-intentioned and to the general good, citing obscure laws, making threats, or ‘reporting’ anonymously.

  3. T.O.H. – all I know about this is the information that was written in the papers. I doubt that there will be a follow-up on the outcome. I have no idea what the location is for the recycling center, though as I mentioned in the article, it is probably a NIMBY (not in my backyard) issue. The Green Fox initiative has not updated their web presence for a few years as far as I can tell.

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