Greece has never had a consistent waste management policy. To make matters worse, society has never grasped the real importance of having a comprehensive system to ensure the collection, transport and processing of waste. Yesterday, the Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou proposed a series of measures aimed at promoting comprehensive waste management. Some of these measures deserve a warm welcome. It’s about time our local authorities took a serious approach to recycling. Or they will be called upon to pay the price of their failure to fulfill their obligations. Local administration can play a significant role in tackling the country’s chronic problem of waste management. It can do so either by introducing recycling programs and services, or by other equally effective solutions – implemented on a local level. Waste management is one more sector in which Greece must quickly catch up with its European Union peers.