Municipal trash trucks on Wednesday started collecting hundreds of tons of rancid trash that has been festering on the streets of Pyrgos in the Peloponnese for months.
The collection began in the morning with trucks making their first visits to schools, which were closed last week due to the trash mountains on their doorsteps, before proceeding to gather rubbish from other parts of the town.
Meanwhile, municipal sanitation workers got to work on disinfecting the areas where the trash has been sitting for months to ensure there is no public risk.
An estimated 3,500 tons of trash is to be transferred to a landfill transfer station near the city’s municipal stadium in the first instance.
Next, some 2,000 tons of the rubbish is to be moved to a landfill in Floka, western Achaia, and 1,500 tons to a facility in Stratos in Aetoloacarnania.