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Rubbish strike to litter Athens

Rubbish piles could reappear on the streets of Athens over the next few days as Attica’s only landfill will be closed from today through to Friday due to protests regarding the quantity of waste being dumped there. The Western Attica Prefecture and Ano Liosia Municipality are behind the shutdown, saying the government is illegally dumping large quantities of rubbish at the landfill. The Council of State, the country’s highest court, ruled in Oct. 2003 that the site should only accept 500 tons of rubbish per day, whereas it is currently receiving 6,500 tons. «Attica’s residents will live nightmarish moments,» said Evangelos Christofilakis, Ano Liosia’s recently appointed mayor. «The rubbish entering the landfill will be weighed and only 500 tons will be allowed to pass,» he added. The shutdown also aims to pressure the government into sticking to a schedule regarding the landfill’s relocation.