Seas of trash

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The prob­lem of solid waste man­age­ment in Greece is grow­ing to ex­plo­sive and po­ten­tially un­con­trol­lable pro­por­tions, with piles of trash swal­low­ing dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, from Corfu in the north­west to the his­toric site of Olympia and towns in the Pelo­pon­nese. Vested in­ter­ests and lo­cal dis­putes, a lack of will power, in­ter­ven­tions from union­ists, bla­tant ig­no­rance and ab­ject in­com­pe­tence are quickly turn­ing the coun­try into a vast garbage dump. Years and decades have passed since the prob­lem started be­com­ing ap­par­ent and there still seems to be no so­lu­tion in sight. Mean­while, Greece is be­ing slammed with fines from the Euro­pean Union be­cause of its fail­ure to com­ply with com­mu­nity reg­u­la­tions. The worst thing is that so­ci­ety it­self does not seem to be mo­ti­vated to de­mand that a so­lu­tion to this dis­gust­ing sit­u­a­tion be found nor does it seem to be in­ter­ested in seek­ing ways to curb its own pro­duc­tion of trash. This is very sad in­deed.

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