Thessaloniki faced with piles of trash again

Thessaloniki is facing a new trash problem due to a shortage of staff and the municipality?s large debts to the company that supplies its trucks with fuel.

Trash trucks stopped collecting rubbish last week as they run out of gas and the local authority had to broker a deal with its fuel supplier, which was owed 700,000 euros.

The problem has been compounded by the fact that staff numbers are down as employment deals for those on short-term contracts have not been renewed due to the poor state of the municipality?s finances.

Trash collections have been a problem in Thessaloniki for some time and were one of the main disputes between outgoing mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and his successor Yiannis Boutaris, who took over at City Hall in January.

Only 15 trash trucks were collecting rubbish in the city on Monday after refuse piled up over the weekend.

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