ECONOMY

Waste solutions in Epirus, Corfu

Rubbish dumps should become a thing of the past from 2016 in Ioannina and on Corfu after the government on Wednesday gave the green light for waste processing plants to be built in those two areas through public-private partnerships (PPPs), with the tenders expected to be launched next month.

The budget for the new contracts comes to 210 million euros, bringing the total value of PPPs for waste management to 2.1 billion euros.

The Development and Infrastructure Ministry announced on Wednesday that the ministerial committee for PPPs has accepted the requests submitted by the Municipality of Corfu and the Regional Authority of Epirus, with the locations for the sites already chosen: On Corfu the plant will be at Temploni and in Epirus at Dodoni, near Ioannina.

Both plans have also been approved by the Court of Auditors and the selection of the contractor will be completed in the first quarter of 2014, with the aim of finishing the projects by early 2016.