Cost of clearing up recycling plant fire to reach 5 mln


The company that owns a recycling plant in Asporpyrgos, west of Athens, that recently went up in flames will have to spend around 5 million euros to clean it up, it emerged on Monday.

According to European Union legislation, the firm has to cover the cost of clearing up the site, which still has some 140,000 cubic meters of trash, much of which is not recyclable and was dumped there illegally.

The firm has to pay for all the debris to be safely removed and for regular soil samples to be taken until the end of the year. If toxic waste is discovered at the site, meanwhile, the bill could go up significantly.

The Energy Ministry has asked for the charred garbage to be taken away by the end of September.