New Attica landfills are named

Sites at Phyli, Grammatiko and Keratea have been selected to host new landfills intended to provide a long-term answer to Athens’s garbage woes, according to studies presented to government officials yesterday by Attica regional and local authorities. The environmental impact studies also reveal that relay stations for trucks carting away the capital’s 5,500-ton daily trash output will be created in the Athens districts of Goudi, Hellenikon and Kifissia, as well as the western Eleonas area. The next step after submission of the environmental impact studies will be to get European Union approval for funding of the project, which has provoked angry protests from people living near areas designated for rubbish disposal. If all goes well, work on the new sites is expected to start next spring, to ensure completion by the beginning of 2005 when the one rubbish dump currently serving the capital, at Ano Liossia, is set to close. The government passed a law in mid-June to ensure that the project goes ahead.