OPINION

Solving the problem of waste

The recurring sight of the garbage-strewn streets of Athens is still with us into the new year. Garbage dumpsters are overflowing with waste and the capital’s sole rubbish dump has been stretched to its full capacity. Government officials keep on offering solutions that everyone knows will be hard to implement. The administration’s proposals to build three new dump sites in the Attica region – assuming that government officials could overcome objections from the inhabitants of the neighboring areas – would create more problems than they would solve. Greece, particularly the Attica region, is built up and any new town plan causes reactions that delay construction work, while the creation of another waste dump would only add to pollution problems. It’s time the administration worked on a comprehensive, national strategy for waste treatment. Our European Union peers have implemented recycling and incineration programs for many years. Why can’t we do the same?