At­tica to get new land­fill, for trial pe­riod

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Over the com­ing days, the Greek cap­i­tal is to ac­quire a sec­ond land­fill, al­beit for a trial pe­riod, at a site in Gram­matiko, east­ern At­tica, which suc­ces­sive govern­ments have been eye­ing for a decade, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

The site is to start op­er­at­ing with left­over waste from the sort­ing cen­ter for re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als in nearby Koropi. If it func­tions sat­is­fac­to­rily dur­ing the trial, it will be taken over per­ma­nently by the Union of Mu­nic­i­pal Au­thor­i­ties in At­tica (ESDKNA), which runs the cap­i­tal’s main land­fill in Fyli, north­west­ern Athens.

The pur­pose of the new land­fill is to re­lieve the strain on the Fyli site, which has been ex­panded sev­eral times over re­cent years to ac­com­mo­date the cap­i­tal’s grow­ing vol­ume of trash.

The new land­fill is to be­gin by pro­cess­ing one or two trucks of resid­ual waste from the Koropi site daily, Kathimerini un­der­stands. The Koropi site is one of four sort­ing cen­ters for re­cy­clable waste that re­ceives the con­tents of the cap­i­tal’s blue bins and then sends on any non-re­cy­clable waste to Fyli. It is that residue that will be sent to the new dump.

What re­mains un­clear, how­ever, is how lo­cal res­i­dents, who have op­posed plans for a waste man­age­ment site in the area for years, will re­spond to the land­fill’s op­er­a­tion.

Surfers brave the chilly weather to take ad­van­tage of un­usu­ally big waves in Vou­liag­meni, south of Athens, yes­ter­day. While winds reached gale-force in parts, they were southerly and pushed up tem­per­a­tures.

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