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Greece slow in sorting municipal waste, but start has been made, Env. Min. says

Greece is “really slow in adjusting to the European demands for reduction of unsorted municipal waste that end up in landfills,” Deputy Environment & Energy Minister Giorgos Dimaras said on Tuesday, speaking at a panel by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.

Dimaras noted that unsorted waste at landfills accounted for 82 pct, compared to the EU average of 50 pct (some countries, he said, had reduced it to 10 pct).

In a panel including representatives from other parties, Dimaras referred to the National Plan for Waste Management drafted along EU lines and passed by this government, and the EU-initiated fee for plastic supermarket bags, which had brought impressive results within a year of its implementation.

The national plan promotes the gradual reduction of waste, he said, by providing incentives and disincentives to municipalities, and changing the model of large processing plants handling unsorted municipal waste which set their own terms for incoming waste loads. Each city has also designated “green spots” for depositing recyclable products, he added.