Corfu hote­liers get­ting des­per­ate over trash pileup

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Corfu hote­liers say they are mulling le­gal ac­tion to prompt au­thor­i­ties to set­tle a dis­pute over the Io­nian is­land’s main land­fill with peo­ple that live nearby who have block­aded the site for over two weeks, de­mand­ing it be shut down or re­ha­bil­i­tated, and lead­ing to the buildup of mas­sive piles of trash.

Corfu Hote­liers’ As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Panayi­o­tis Bramos told Kathimerini yes­ter­day that “tourists have been com­plain­ing, can­cel­ing reser­va­tions and post­ing pho­to­graphs on so­cial me­dia.” He added that ho­tels are run­ning out of stor­age and freezer space to keep their trash in so that they don’t add to the prob­lem.

Sources on the is­land – which last year re­ceived 1.1 mil­lion for­eign ar­rivals and sees an­nual rev­enues of over 500 mil­lion euros from tourism – said that tour op­er­a­tors have also started ex­press­ing con­cern, while the Corfu Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, for its part, has warned that un­less steps are taken, the mount­ing trash could pose a pub­lic health hazard.

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