About

Welcome to Polyeco

  • Founded in 2001 by the company Environmental Protection Engineering S.A.
  • Greece’s largest waste management firm and among the top 10 in SE Europe
  • Main industrial facilities located in Greece, on a privately owned site of 35,000m2 at the industrial zone of Aspropyrgos, Attica
  • Second fully licensed ultramodern unit for temporary waste storage strategically located in the Industrial area of Sindos in proximity to major interstates and the Port of Thessaloniki, Northern Greece
  • Offices in Tirana, Skopje, Belgrade, Podgorica, Prishtina, Addis Ababa
  • Vice-President and Co-founder: Mr. Athanasios Polychronopoulos

Polyeco is the first and sole integrated and fully licensed waste management and valorization industry in Greece. Polyeco is a major player amongst the most prominent waste management companies in SE Europe and beyond with presence in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia.

Polyeco effectively implements some of the most technically challenging and time critical waste management projects of any size across the globe. Regardless of the scale of the challenge we work closely with you to tailor solutions to perfectly meet your business requirement and organization’s goals in compliance with health, safety and environmental regulations.

Polyeco constantly strives on improving environmental management performance and competitiveness for its clients. Through continuous training and research & development in the fields of recovery, decontamination and rehabilitation, we provide integrated waste management solutions for the industrial sector.

Polyeco’s diverse field of expertise encompasses treatment, management, recovery, decontamination, licensing, transport and disposal all types of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste.

Our extensive knowledge of waste policies and international regulations and conventions enable us to secure the necessary permits and consents for waste recovery, as well as the issuance of transboundary licenses and documentation for disposal at licensed facilities in EU and worldwide. Our professionally trained experts who excel in specific sectors of our business meet the rigorous international standards and provide our clients with efficiencies in time, cost and resources. Polyeco excels in international tenders, conducted by reputable organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, etc.

Aim and values

Being a leading waste management company to make our world a better place for our children and grandchildren worth living in.

Provide Innovative, Reliable and Cost Effective Waste Management Solutions to some of the Planet’s most pressing environmental issues.
Conduct business in an ethical, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.

Our Guiding Principles drive everything we do, the way we think, our decision making process. These four words sum up the key attributes leading us to success and help us fulfill our mission.

Innovation

We always think about how we can make improvements, identify new opportunities and meet requirements to provide better solutions to our clients existing needs or anticipating their future needs. Innovation is a necessity for us. Our future success depends on the creativity of our individuals and teams and a willingness to keep thinking and acting on the possibilities for innovation in all that we do.

Creativity

Creativity is the necessary element in every stage of the innovation process. It is the ability to make connections that result in ideas. Creativity help us scale a barrier to implementation, improve margins, speed up a process, find solutions in every aspect of our daily work.

Integrity

We succeed by doing things the right way, with respect to ethics, laws, standards of quality, and each other. We keep our promises and build trust and loyalty with our clients, our partners, our suppliers, our people.

Agility

We are flexible, adaptable and responsive. Our ability in using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance helps us take advantage of change. Whether in business or in technology, we move with speed and dexterity to adapt and adjust to emerging client and project requirement.

Focus on operating excellence, treat each other with respect and take pride in the significant achievements of our work.

  • Seek new opportunities for sustainable growth and prosperity for both the company and its people.
  • Be a global citizenship by conducting our business activities worldwide in close association with local communities.
  • Comply with all laws and conform to fair social norms, local manners and courtesies appropriate to each location.
  • Provide unrivaled quality and expertise across the globe by constantly employing state-of-the-art equipment and highly educated and skilled personnel.
  • Develop strategic partnerships to generate more powerful results
  • Establish long term relationships with clients and suppliers and become indispensable by supporting our client’s sustainable issues and needs and offering added value services that exceed their expectations.
  • Achieve goals and realize success through the creativity, drive and ambition of our exceptional people.

Conducting business in an ethical, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.

Team


Dr. Lefteris Chalarakis

General Manager


Dimitrios Tiniakos

Τechnical Director, Executive Officer


George Danellis

Commercial Manager


Manolis Dimitrakakis

Head of Exports Dept.


Konstantinos Sakkalis

Technical Director, Executive Officer


Emmanuel Simantirakis

Waste Project and Export Manager


Natasa Fatourou

International Development Dept. Assistant


Kalliopi Papanikola

Quality Manager ISO 17025


Elissavet Hatzimichalarou

Legal Advisor


Eleni Nestouri

HR Manager


Dr. Apostolos Korkolis

Quality Control Laboratory Supervisor


Ilias Avramikos

Head of Waste Technologies


Violetta Skordou

Financial Controller Global Development


Yiannis Karakolis

North Greece Director

Bojana Ivanic

Country Manager in Serbia


Ardi Larti

Country Manager in Albania


Patroklos Mouchtaropoulos

Domestic Logistics Manager - Works Dept.


Thanasis Rizopoulos

Production Manager of Alternative Solid Fuels


Helen Malliarou

Senior Environmental Expert


Panagiotis Manolopoulos

Site Manager


Barbara Stampola

Exports Dept. Assistant


George Nikolaidis

Site Manager


Giorgos Kaloritis

Maintainer - Aspropyrgos Industrial Plant

Corporate Social Responsibility

Polyeco considers the respect of human rights to be a fundamental corporate responsibility and a value that influences all our activities. While human rights considerations have always been implicitly integrated into our value system, in 2012 we began examining it as an independent CSR issue. Our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct defines in detail how we address and respect human rights in every aspect. It is the main tool to which a greater visibility and knowledge is given in order to make our position towards human rights clear to each of our stakeholders, both internal and external. A copy of our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is made available to all our employees, contractors, supply chain, and other stakeholders in our headquarters and on our Corporate website.Through our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct it has been made clear to our employees and contractors and any other people involved in our supply chain that any breach of the code must be reported in good faith to our senior management and/or the Chief Legal Officer, by regular post, complaint box or email, having the right to remain anonymous, although we do not recommend it, and that all inquiries will be handled promptly and discreetly.

The success of our business depends on every employee in our global enterprise. We are committed to fostering open and inclusive workplaces that respect human and workplace rights, where all employees are valued and inspired to be the best they can be. No discrimination in hiring, remuneration, based on race, national or social origin, caste, birth, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political opinions and age. The foundation of our approach lies in two key documents: our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and our Workplace Policy Handbook. Both are influenced by the United Nations (UN) and International Labor Organization (ILO) declarations. Polyeco has no track record with incidents of violations of labor principles or legal cases, rulings fines or other relevant violations of labor principles.

Recognizing the social and economic dimension of the occupational accidents Polyeco S.A. has developed and applied a comprehensive and effective Safety & Health Management System according to OHSAS 18001 standard and The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requirements. Our HSE policy guides our actions to protect the health, safety and well-being of our people in the workplace. Realizing the social and economic dimension of occupational accidents and other health concerns, Polyeco SA has adopted the following health & safety policy, aiming towards:

  • Minimizing the identified risks by implementing preventive measures and systems for control of risks and protection of the workers at the facilities of the company.
  • Continuous control and monitoring to identify new potential risks in the activities of the company and immediate implementation of measures to undo or minimize these risks.
  • Using the hazard vetting method each time manufacturing or equipment is scaled up.

Polyeco is a modern and dynamic enterprise providing integrated sound waste management, with products and services that relate to the environment’s protection addressed to various business sectors and industries. Through its operations Polyeco helps the environment’s protection, conserves natural resources, fauna and flora, public health and public interests. We take reasonable steps to preserve the environment through responsible practices to minimize the environmental impact of our operations by complying with all applicable laws, guidelines and waste management industry standards.

We have developed an Environmental Management System in full compliance with the requirements of the international standard 1221/2009/EC (EMAS) through which it is documented that products and services provided by Polyeco contribute to the protection of the environment. The scope of the system is the sound management of hazardous and non hazardous waste.

We support the UN Convention Against Corruption and we strongly believe that corruption and bribery practices not only compromise the social merit of development but also undermine the efforts of the company itself for sustainable development. On the other hand, being a company with a certified quality management system we are committed and make sure that all employees, partners, business associates and contractors haven’t been involved in any corruption activities. Any suspicion of involvement in corruption or fraudulent activities must be reported to the Board.

Success here is generally measured by the lack of reports of violations of policy or law and, to date, there have been no reported violations in Polyeco and our parent and sister companies of the Group. Should a violation be reported, we intend to undertake a thorough investigation.

Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) is a non-profit organization which primarily aims at raising environmental awareness through a unique art program inspired by the crucial issue of waste management. PCAI implements its objectives though three areas of activity: Collection, Projects, Support.

The Collection is based on special commissions mainly of moving image art. PCAI provides mid-career and emerging artists with the means and resources to create an artwork inspired by urgent environmental issues in their broader relation to current sociocultural, economic, philosophical concerns. Artists may draw inspiration from the waste management sites and facilities, the countries, the workforce and the people involved in the waste management process in a free and innovative way. They can investigate waste sources and itineraries; they can research the external factors and taboos that affect our perception of waste.

The Projects are all the activities and events (special commissions, exhibitions, publications, educational programs and workshops) organized by PCAI around its growing commissioned based Collection.

Support refers to our engagement with other initiatives and individuals that share the same vision and concerns.

Official website: www.pcai.gr

PARATOXIC PARADOXES

Is man’s relationship to the environment the most controversial, recalcitrant and unfinished project of humanity? The exhibition Paratoxic Paradoxes presents new works of moving image that explore this critical question through the contemporary viewpoint of political ecology and eco-criticism, as the latter is currently shaped at the point of intersection among arts, politics, socioeconomic demands, pedagogy and activism, beyond naive classifications, univocal readings and outdated strategies.

The exhibition is the first public presentation of a capsule of eleven original artworks created through commissions to artists around the world by Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) and the curator Nadja Argyropoulou.

For more information please visit: www.pcai.gr/1rstPhase_PP/PP_Main.html

KEPLER

Kepler is a short film, produced in Tbilisi, Georgia, by video artist and film maker George Drivas. It was exclusively financed by Polyeco under Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI). Kepler 186f is a distant new found planet that raises expectations for a completely different future, since, according to scientists, it’s soil, atmosphere and size is similar to earth’s, something that makes him potentially habitable.

With the eyes of the artist this is a planet that people could move to when the circumstances in Earth would be unbearable. Kepler is a political thriller of science fiction involving politicians, businessmen, toxic waste and waste management experts. It may be happening here and now or tomorrow in a distant place.

For more information please visit: www.pcai.gr/collection/kepler/

Sustainable Development

Recognizing the need for collective solutions that aim at sustainability and with the conviction that companies ought to contribute significantly to this direction through specific actions and proposals, Polyeco S.A. became a founding member of the Hellenic Foundation of Enterprises Board for Sustainable Development.

Polyeco is committed to the implementation of the Code of Sustainable Development Principles and the integration of those principles in the decision making procedure.

Sports Sponsorships

Polyeco believes in fair play as means of expression and of building strong personalities, with high targets and prospect of achievement.

Polyeco has decided to support two champions, Nancy Fakidi, a member of the Greek national Sailing team Optimist-Class and Errica Prezerakou, a pole vault athlete with many achievements and great expectations. Polyeco has also supported the triathlon national training team and the local “AIAS Aspropyrgou” football team.

Eco-Polys

Our sensitivity for the protection of the environment led us to develop and run the Eco-Polys, an Educational Program, in which we inform our visitors about our range and type of activities and we propose new ways to show our sincere respect to the Environment.

Please contact us for further information about Eco-Polys and participation applications.