Last-ditch ef­fort to close land­fills

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With the Euro­pean Court set to an­nounce the to­tal fine for Greece’s flout­ing of Euro­pean waste man­age­ment laws on De­cem­ber 2, the En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Na­dia Gian­nakopoulou said the gov­ern­ment had in­ten­si­fied its co­or­di­na­tion with lo­cal and re­gional au­thor­i­ties to close down dozens of il­le­gal land­fills around the coun­try.

Em­pha­siz­ing that the re­spon­si­bil­ity for clos­ing down il­le­gal land­fills was that of lo­cal and re­gional au­thor­i­ties, Gian­nakopoulou said that, in view of the loom­ing dead­line, meet­ings were be­ing held in a bid to close down most of the land­fills; fail­ing that, trash will be trans­ferred to neigh­bor­ing re­gions with bet­ter waste fa­cil­i­ties or pack­aged and stored as a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion, she said.

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