Waste management plan set to improve standards

Waste management plan set to improve standards

After the failure to meet targets set in 2015, the new updated National Waste Management Plan (ESDA) for 2020-30 was put up for public consultation by the Environment Ministry Thursday. 

The plan, which looks to fall in line with European standards, stipulates that by year-end, tenders for the construction of a total of 17 waste treatment plants throughout Greece will have been called.

The target is to reduce the amount of waste that ends up at landfills to 10% by the end of the decade – five years earlier than Greece is obliged to under European Union directives. Currently 80% of waste heads to landfills.

The plan also foresees an end to uncontrolled waste disposal and the rehabilitation of illegal landfills by 2022.

The aim is to increase recycling to 55% in 2025 and 60% in 2030 (including biowaste), as well as to separate the collection of organic waste and develop the required infrastructure throughout the country by 2022.

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