Sofia's waste-removal poses health risk

April 10, 2009 at 11:04 AM

SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 10 (UPI) -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev told a task team Friday to improve a garbage collection system that is threatening public health in the capital Sofia.

The team was formed a day after Stanishev's government declared a state of emergency to cope with a lack of adequate trash removal.

The poor waste-removal system is harming Sofia's ecology and public health,Sofia News Agency SNA reported.

Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov pledged his support to Stanishev in finding a lasting solution to the waste-collection problem that has been a longstanding issue, SNA said.

On Saturday, the Bulgarian government and Sofia City Hall formally opened contruction of a waste processing plant that should be completed within 18 months.

Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov said the plant will meet European Union ecological standards, and that residents of a neighborhood where it is being built should have no complaints on pollution.

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