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What is AFIS?

AFIS (recycling portable batteries) is the Collective Management System for portable batteries that has been approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment under Law 215 (I)/2002 and specifically the Regulation KDP125/09 for the management of portable batteries (up to 2000 grams).

What is battery recycling?

Battery recycling is the process of recovering and exploiting the materials of which batteries are made and their re-introduction into the natural and financial cycle, with their re-use for manufacturing new batteries or other products. Batteries contain several heavy metals and toxic chemicals and their dumping has raised concern over risks of soil contamination and water pollution. The final aim of this recycling is to save energy and raw materials, while reducing the waste volume.

Why should I recycle? Which is my own personal benefit?

The benefits of recycling batteries are common for all, since by recycling we create a better environment for ourselves and our children. In all European countries battery recycling is done for the following reasons:

  • Environmental protection and enhancement of the quality of life
  • Reduction of the volume of waste that ends up in landfill sites
  • Saving of raw materials
  • Energy saving
  • Creation of new jobs
  • Contribution to culture, since correct waste management is an indicator of culture
How can I contribute towards the protection of the environment from the harmful substances in batteries?

Never dispose of batteries in the trash. Only drop them on the special recycling bins of used batteries AFIS, from where batteries are collected for recycling. In this way you protect the water and the soil from harmful substances for public health.

Which batteries can I throw in the AFIS recycling bins?

All kinds of batteries up to 2 kilos whether they are disposable or secondary rechargeable. The type of device from which the batteries come from (mobile phones, camcorders, computers), does not matter, as long as the batteries are not attached to the product.

Where can I find battery recycling bins?

You can find these bins in shops (telecommunications and electronic devices), shopping malls, supermarkets, schools, public buildings and banks. Contact us to help you find the nearest bin in your area.

How can I find the nearest battery recycling bin?

Simply download the free application 'ReCYcling Cy' for mobiles and tablets.

Who covers the cost of the collection and recycle of batteries in Cyprus?

The cost of the collection and shipment of batteries for recycling and the cost for their treatment is covered by the importers of batteries or the importers of equipment with embedded batteries. The Collective Management System for portable batteries AFIS Cyprus Ltd which was created by these importers, operates with the management fees and coordinates the processes required, from the consumer's information and the collection of batteries to their final disposal for recycling.

Are there any specific targets regarding the alternative management of batteries?

According to the European legislation, the following targets for the collection of portable batteries are set for all Member States: 25% by weight of portable batteries placed in the market by 26/9/2012 should be collected and 45% the weight of portable placed in the market by 26/9/2016 should be collected respectively.