Local authority gives landfill ultimatum

Local authorities in Fyli, northeastern Attica, said on Wednesday that a large landfill in their area could not continue accepting garbage from other municipalities indefinitely and pressed the government to move ahead with plans to create new waste management facilities.

According to a motion approved by the majority of Fyli municipal councilors, a new landfill must be built and operational by 2014 as the facility at Fyli is expected to reach saturation by then.

In a letter to Prime Minister George Papandreou, Fyli?s Mayor Dimitris Bouraimis said his municipality would accept plans to build two local waste processing plants only if the government presses ahead with two stalled projects for landfills in Keratea and Grammatiko, northeastern Attica.

Earlier this week, hundreds of police officers who had been deployed in Keratea were withdrawn following talks between local and central government officials.

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