Greek ministry scrambles to complete landfill tender

The Infrastructure Ministry on Monday approved the launch of a tender for the construction of a legal waste-processing center in Alexandroupoli, northeastern Greece, as the country rushes to comply with European Union rules.

The legal landfill will replace six illegal dumps that operate in the area.

In February, the European Commission said it was taking Greece to court for failing to shut down 78 landfills and not completing the overhaul of another 318.

Brussels proposed that Athens should be fined more than 70,000 euros a day.

The new landfill, which will service the areas of Evros and Rhodope, will be capable of handling 49,500 tons of trash per year and will have a life span of 13 years.