Greece taken to EU court over illegal landfill

The European Commission is taking Greece to the Court of Justice over poor waste management again. It is being referred for an illegal landfill on the island of Corfu. The Temploni […]

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The European Commission is taking Greece to the Court of Justice over poor waste management again.

It is being referred for an illegal landfill on the island of Corfu.

The Temploni landfill, which has been operating in breach of EU waste regulation since 2007, is a “serious risk for human health and the environment”, the Commission said.

Various inspections by national authorities found the landfill is operating “very poorly”, it adds.

This includes improper management of biogas, not treatment liquid draining from the landfill and the presence of waste which the site is not permitted to treat.

The Commission expressed its concerns in a letter of formal notice in March 2011.

It states: “Although the Greek authorities have recognised this issue and are trying to address it, the necessary measures have still not been taken and the landfill continues to operate in breach of EU waste legislation, constituting a serious threat to the environment.”

It recently took the country to the Court of Justice over poor wastewater treatment after being referred a year beforehand for poor treatment of hazardous waste.