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In pictures: Greece fights rising tide of plastic pollution

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

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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)

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

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)

Volunteer divers collect tires from the sea floor in Saronic gulf near Athens (Vassilis Tsiairis/Aegean Rebreath via AP)

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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)

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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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

Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

Greece Hooked on Plastic

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Greece Hooked on Plastic

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