Greece pledges to shut down illegal dumps by 2015

Greece’s remaining illegal landfills, a source of constant embarrassment and financial sanctions from Brussels, will be closed and rehabilitated by the end of 2015, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis pledged on Friday.

Speaking during a presentation of the sustainability road map that was also attended by the representative of the EU task force for Greece, Maniatis said that 57 dumps have been rehabilitated so far this year while another 339 will be restored by the end of 2015.

Maniatis also announced an overhaul to the country’s recycling infrastructure, which, he said, “has come full circle.”

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