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Spatial And Environmental Planning And Waste Management (some Thoughts On The Case Of Attica)


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M. Haidarlis


Facing the problem of the waste management in a specific area is without doubt a complicated issue. The difficulties of this mission increase exponentially when it comes to big urban entities with territorial and environmental peculiarities. Taking into consideration that the legislation related to the environmental and territorial planning constitutes one of the most significant tools that play a significant role in waste management, understanding this approach is of particular interest. As is known, the norms that stem from the need to protect the environment lay their emphasis on preventing the construction of infrastructure projects that are considered intrusive or harmful to the natural environment. On the other hand, regulations connected to urban and town-planning focus their interest on the compromise between everlasting conflicting interests and land uses, without losing focus on the primary aim of development. It is obvious that the concurrent application of provisions of different legal gravity for the area of Attica, namely regarding whether they are provisions of normative character as is the case with the environmental regulations or of directive character as the case of town-planning norms, renders not only the soundness but also the legality of the various choices of sites of waste disposal dubious. This paper argues that an antidote to the general uncertainty that characterises the selected sites of disposal of Attica’s waste could be: a) the compatibility with the environmental requirements planning of land-use, b) the previous participation and consultation with the interested stakeholders and c) the non-strict coping with waste management within the borders of the standard administrative divisions. Keywords: spatial planning, land use planning, waste management, environmental policy, citizen participation.


spatial planning, land use planning, waste management, environmental policy, citizen participation.