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Plan pledges to slash trash

Four prominent conservation groups yesterday presented a 10-point plan for «trash-free towns» that they claimed could solve the country’s waste management problem and bring Greece in line with European Union standards. The plan, compiled by the Ecological Recycling Society (Ecorec), Greenpeace, WWF Hellas and the Mediterranean SOS Network, is a response to «the disappointing state of waste management in our country and to our obligations as dictated by EU regulations,» the groups said in a statement. The proposed model promotes the reuse and recycling of trash and household composting as part of a «comprehensive strategy» to reduce the volume of trash going to landfills. «These are not ideas from another planet but measures being implemented in other EU countries,» the head of Greenpeace’s Greek office, Nikos Charalambides, told Kathimerini. The plan would cost some 275 million euros annually for the next five years and create an estimated 11,000 jobs, the groups said.