Activists protest against waste dumping in Albania
Published 01/10/2016 | 13:26
Hundreds of Albanian activists have held a protest in Tirana, the national capital, against a law allowing the import of rubbish from foreign countries for recycling.
Holding placards, protesters who fear their country would turn into a dumping ground, gathered Saturday outside the main government offices.
Last month the parliament passed a law on importing rubbish. That law initially was passed by the previous conservative government in 2011, and overturned by the current left-wing coalition in 2013 when it came to power.
Now the coalition government has done an about-face and reinstated the law with some amendments.
The government supports the recycling of non-hazardous waste, saying it is in line with European Union standards.
Albania is hoping to launch EU membership talks.