High price for sea trash fix

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Gather­ing hun­dreds of tons of trash that have drifted into the Aegean Sea fol­low­ing the col­lapse of an il­le­gal land­fill on the Cy­cladic is­land of An­dros in Fe­bru­ary will cost some half a mil­lion eu­ros that the cash-strapped gov­ern­ment can ill af­ford, it emerged yes­ter­day.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Tina Bir­bili re­port­edly said that authorities on the is­land must close what re­mains of the land­fill by June and draft a five-year plan for ef­fec­tive waste man­age­ment. Much of the trash that fell from the An­dros land­fill into the sea has washed up as far south as the Dode­canese. The eco­log­i­cal risk posed by this garbage was dis­cussed in Par­lia­ment af­ter Dora Bakoy­an­nis, the head of the Demo­cratic Al­liance party, chal­lenged Bir­bili. “The col­lapse of the land­fill was not the re­sult of ad­verse weather con­di­tions but of the tol­er­ance of the state and lo­cal authorities in per­pet­u­at­ing a sit­u­a­tion of con­tin­ued il­le­gal­ity and crim­i­nal in­dif­fer­ence to eco­log­i­cal af­fairs,” Bakoy­an­nis said.

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