Dumped Medical Waste from Athens Hospitals Pose Significant Health Hazards

ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Hospitals in Athens, Greece, routinely send toxic waste to landfills, violating regulations and endangering people’s health, a municipal report said.

A random inspection of garbage trucks by the Association of Municipalities and Communities of Attica revealed waste transported from private and state-run hospitals contained materials that are required by law to be disposed of by sanitary incineration, Kathimerini reported Saturday.

Many hospital administrators said the few incinerators, on the grounds of municipal association or at the capital’s larger hospitals, are insufficient to accommodate all the waste from the city’s hospitals. Some hospitals indicated they incinerate their waste in their own facilities, the report said.

The municipal association’s report has been submitted to Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.

“For years, we saw hospital waste being dumped at landfills illegally, and landfill employees would often complain about the risks to their health,” said Costas Sypsas, a municipal association spokesman.

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