The capital’s main landfill at Fyli, northwestern Attica, was to remain closed on Friday as a search got under way for a migrant who entered the trash disposal area.
The authorities were alerted to the missing man by a compatriot of his.
The Association of Communities and Municipalities in the Attica Region (ESDKNA), which oversees the management of the landfill, informed municipalities who deliver their trash to the dump that operations would be suspended until the search is completed.
Regional authorities have warned of an increasingly dangerous situation at the landfill as a growing number of undocumented immigrants have entered the grounds to search for items of value in the trash. Apart from growing numbers of immigrant visitors, an adjacent Roma camp had swelled in size.
The bodies of several migrants have been recovered on the grounds over the years.