Cyprus transposed European Directive 94/62/EU into Packaging and Packaging Waste Act (N. 32 (I)/2002) in 2002. The Law introduced the Producer Responsibility for Packaging and gives two options to the companies placing packaging in the Cypriot market: to participate in a Collective Packaging Management System that has to be a not-for-profit organisation, or develop a Private System based on a Return or Deposit System.

Legal basis

Packaging and Packaging Waste Laws, 2002, (N32(I)/2002).

  • Responsibility of the Packaging Responsible organisations by 31/12/2012 to recover at least 60% of the packaging they place in the market, recycle at least 55% of the total and at least 60% of glass, 60% of paper, 50% of metals, 22,5% of plastics and 15% of wood.
  • The responsibility lies with the packagers, producers, suppliers, importers. The choices are between Private Systems based on a return or deposit scheme, or a Collective Compliance System representing many responsible producers.
  • A Collective Packaging management system has to be not-for-profit.
  • The Green Dot System covers both Household and Commercial Industrial Packaging.

Companies that place in the market less than 2 tons of packaging per year, are excluded from the recovery and recycling obligation and only have to report their packaging to the authorities on an annual basis

Fact and figures

Data 2012



No. of local authorities

28 municipalities and about 50 communities around the island

700,000 inhabitants covered by organised Packaging Recycling System

No. of companies in system

830 membres

Packaging introduced to the market

110,000(est) tons total packaging on the market 

75,000 tons total packaging registered with Green Dot Cyprus

Recovered waste

21,000 tons household packaging
23,000 tons commercial industrial packaging

Types of packaging

Household and commercial industrial

Packaging organisation/s in Cyprus: