Waste trans­fer sta­tion launched

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

De­spite protests by lo­cals, au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated a much-de­layed waste trans­fer sta­tion in the Efkarpia neigh­bor­hood of Thes­sa­loniki, north­ern Greece.

The con­tract for the project was signed in 2010, while work on the fa­cil­ity be­gan two years later. Con­struc­tion was stalled amid protests by lo­cals and Pav­los Me­las Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials who said the site was too close to res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day said that the fa­cil­ity, orig­i­nally de­signed to han­dle 400,000 tons of waste per an­num, would even­tu­ally re­ceive be­tween 235-240,000 tons a year.

Al­ter­nate En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Sokratis Fame­los told Kathimerini that orig­i­nal es­ti­mates were based on growth fig­ures fore­cast be­fore Greece’s eco­nomic cri­sis.

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