Waste plants held up again

Plans for the construction of four new waste-processing plants, which Greece must build to meet European Union standards and avoid large fines, have stalled again, as regional authorities have not approved the paperwork for the projects to progress. According to sources, the Union of Municipal Authorities in Attica (ESDKNA) – which manages Attica’s main landfill at Fyli in the prefecture’s northwest – refuses to sign a contract with regional authorities to launch a tender for the construction of the plants. ESDKNA is being reticent, the sources say, because it will soon be replaced by a new body to encompass all Attica municipalities, in accordance with the government’s Kallikratis scheme. Protests by residents objecting to the construction of plants in Grammatiko, northeastern Attica and Keratea, in the southeast, have already stalled the projects.