Companies that import batteries or appliances with built-in batteries (rechargeable or disposable) and place them on the Cypriot market.
The AFIS Collective Management System for Portable Batteries and Accumulators Cyprus Ltd undertakes the coordination and implementation of all the operations of the System, from informing the public to the final disposal of the batteries for recycling. The operating costs of the System are covered by the fees paid by the Members based on the quantities of batteries they place on the Cypriot market.
In accordance with European legislation, the following battery collection targets have been set for all Member States:
25% by weight of Portable Batteries and Accumulators placed on the market by September 2012.
45% by weight of Portable Batteries and Accumulators placed on the market by September 2016.
The revenues from the registration fees of the AFIS Members are used to run the operations of the System. Any surplus, if any, shall be used as revenue in the following year.
In 2016, AFIS Cyprus Ltd managed to meet the target set by the Legislation, which was to collect and manage 25% by weight of the batteries that the Members had placed on the market. However, from 2016 onwards the target was increased to 45%. In recent years, in an effort to meet the target, an increased amount of revenue has been spent on public awareness and education. Recycling results in recent years indicate that the 45% target will soon be reached.
The fees are set by the Board of Directors of the Organization and approved by the Waste Management Advisory Committee (WAC) during the licensing process of the System.
Yes, collected batteries are shipped to licensed facilities outside the state for recycling and recovery of their useful components.