Friday 21 September 2018

In pictures: Greece fights rising tide of plastic pollution

Volunteer divers are working as underwater rubbish collectors to clear debris littering the sea floor.

Mountains of rubbish at Spain's largest landfill at Ano Liossia on the outskirts of Athens (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
Mountains of rubbish at Spain's largest landfill at Ano Liossia on the outskirts of Athens (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

By By Derek Gatopoulos and Theodora Tongas

Greece has the European Union’s longest coastline, poor waste management and an addiction to single-use plastic that is littering the country’s seabed.

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Volunteer divers collect tires from the sea floor in Saronic gulf near Athens (Vassilis Tsiairis/Aegean Rebreath via AP)
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A crane lifts up tires from the sea as a volunteer diver of Aegean Rebreath gives directions in Legrena (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
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Greece Hooked on Plastic
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Greece Hooked on Plastic
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Greece Hooked on Plastic
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Greece Hooked on Plastic
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Greece Hooked on Plastic

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