Fines to curb Athens trash

Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis said yesterday that fines of up to 6,000 euros will be slapped on those caught polluting the capital city as the municipality reactivates a regulation that had been previously shelved. Kaklamanis pointed out that retail stores are responsible for most of the rubbish dumped in the capital’s central area. The central district each day produces about 400 tons of rubbish, while the rest of the city produces 1,100 tons of rubbish daily, added the mayor. By September, the municipality plans to unveil plans to place blue bins for recyclable matter around the city district. Other efforts aimed at cleaning up the city include fining restaurant and cafe owners that illegally place tables and chairs on sidewalks and squares. «We will not turn Athens into a cemetery, but this does not mean that we will allow anarchy either,» he added.

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