Thursday, July 25 2024

Controversial rankings for Greece regarding hazardous waste management

hazardous waste disposal
The findings of a European assessment regarding hazardous waste management in Greece offer an interesting contrast. On one hand, Greece ranks among the highest reaches in the EU in terms of waste management as only 1% of the quantities remain untreated, while 91% are recycled. On the other, it is one of the few countries that has been subject to a fine for hazardous waste.
According to the European Commission it has not yet addressed key shortcomings.
The report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on hazardous waste management was published on Monday (16 Jan) in the wake of the ongoing debate on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive.
According to the report, the quantities generated in the EU continue to increase (+23% compared to 2004). Furthermore, 79% of the quantities generated annually end up in some form of management; but there is a significant “gap” (21%) which nobody knows where it ends up.