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Row slows collection of rubbish

Only half of the household garbage produced over the next two days will be dumped at Athens’s stopgap landfill as the capital has run into waste management problems again, officials said yesterday. Work is still being carried out at the dump in Fyli, northwestern Athens, which is next to Attica’s only legal landfill in Ano Liosia. The Fyli site is meant to act as a stopgap until new landfills are built. Garbage trucks have to pass through the Ano Liosia site on the way to the Fyli landfill. A row broke out yesterday as the Municipality of Ano Liosia claimed that some of the trucks are emptying their loads in the Ano Liosia dump. Workers told Kathimerini that trucks have to use some spots at the Ano Liosia dump to perform maneuvers because the roads at the Fyli dump are still too narrow to allow the trucks to turn around. But Ano Liosia Mayor Christos Pappous refused to accept this reasoning and insisted that the trucks are illegally dumping garbage. He has asked the police to place a 24-hour guard around the dump.