The Second International Conference on Recycling in Island Regions (RECIS 2016) was held in Santorini island, on 13-14 May 2016, at the Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center.
The islands are probably the areas with pronounced problem in proper waste management, which has evolved as one of the most significant challenges currently facing the insular carriers. Given the high percentage of recyclable materials contained in waste from the islands, the proper organization and management of the recycling of municipal solid waste is considered key to the sustainable management of waste.
The presenting features of island regions, such as the small size in a permanent population and area, or uneven distribution of production waste during the year because of tourism, the growing volume of incoming tourists, the need for transportation of recyclables by sea to the collection and processing centers, the distance from the final recipients of recycled materials are some of the key additional difficulties that exist and that their treatment requires special regulations and proper organization of all stakeholders. Additionally, the specific features which are island regions affect the cost and efficiency of management systems of the municipal solid waste.
The aim of RECIS 2016, after the great success of the first conference of the series was to bring together all the stakeholders involved, representatives of the local authorities and state institutions, representatives of the alternative management systems, academics, researchers and companies in the field in order to analyze the existing situation, to highlight the possibilities and to propose solutions and ideas to the further enhancement of the recycling in the islands. Special emphasis was given to the presentation of the international experience and the best practices worldwide.
-The current situation on the islands
-New National waste management planning
-Circular economy – the new EU guidelines
-Sustainable waste management model
-The role of the Local Authorities
-Recyclables sorting centers
-Positioning of waste management facilities in remote areas and islands – social and environmental parameters
-Alternative management systems
-Biowaste management and food waste – Best practices for island regions
-Recycling in the source
-New technology uses in recycling
-Informative campaigns and public awareness
-Recycling in the tourism period
-Recycling in tourism companies (hotels – restaurants)
-Social corporate responsibility
-Successful case studies