Serbia's 'waste river' threatens to clog dam

Garbage as far as the eye can see

has spread over Serbia's Potpecko Lake

Activists say it threatens to clog up the dam's hydroelectric plant

(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) MARKO KARADZIC, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING:"It has been like this for years. The local government is trying to deal with it but it is all in vain when the root of the problem has not been solved. The time has come for this to be solved. It is time for this to stop. This is an ecological disaster, and it must not go on like this."

Activists say the pile of waste covers some 20,000 cubic meters

Serbian authorities have ordered an immediate clean-up