Aims and Objectives

BIOWASTE is a project that promotes the transfer and application test of innovative technologies (PAYT and ACUs), aiming to enhance managing efficiency in solid wastes related issues, such as source separation schemes and treating systems emphasizing in organic wastes.

The main objectives of the BIOWASTE are:
  • a) Implementation of a detailed data recording and analysis of the involved areas (in Greece, F.Y.R.O.M. and Cyprus)
  • b) Design and implementation of a PAYT system for each area, including the necessary upgrade of the operational ability of the waste management authorities.
  • c) Definition of the volumes and characteristics of the ACUs, which each authority will introduce followed by the acquisition and installation of these ACUs.
  • d) Operation of all the above mentions in a full scale mode, allowing the collection of a range of information, regarding efficiency, cost, carbon dioxide emission etc. In this way a complete environmental and economic evaluation of both PAYT, ACUs and their combination will be possible.
  • e) Development of a complete management system for the involved areas / municipalities, based in the findings and the acquired through the BIOWASTE project infrastructure.


The Pay-As-You-Through (PAYT) system uses weighing equipment in the wastes collection process, with recognition chips.
It allows direct correlation of each wastes producer with the amounts that produces, irrelevant if these are recyclable (glass, paper, plastic, metals) or mixed wastes, and through this process the respective charging is allowed.


An Automated Composting Unit (ACU) is used for the organ wastes. These are collected separately and are introduced in ACUs and composted on site, reducing the collection and transportation cost, the central unit treatment cost (if such a unit exists) and allowing the production of a high quality usable product.