Recycling goals end up on rubbish heap

A number of Greece’s recycling programs have produced poor results due to a lack of proper planning and coordination by authorities. Of the 1.05 million tons of rubbish produced every year, only 230,000 tons are recycled. Industry sources blame a lack of financial incentives to municipalities to help reduce the amount of waste being dumped in landfills. Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis has announced that his municipality intends to set up a company to oversee the recycling of household waste more efficiently. Sources also pointed out, however, that there have been higher rates of success in recycling programs relating to batteries, electrical appliances and car tyres.