Italy army clears Naples garbage

Rubbish was lying uncollected on the streets for two weeks, causing health fears.

    Poor rubbish collection has plagued the
    Naples region for more than a decade [EPA]

    Second crisis
    It is the second time in a year that the army has been called in to deal with a rubbish crisis.
    In May several towns in the region were forced to close schools due to health concerns after rubbish piled up on the streets.
    This time more than 100,000 tonnes of garbage has been left on the streets, and residents have started burning trash.
    This has led to firefighters having to extinguish blazes around the clock and fears of toxic fumes.
    Full dumps has caused periodic pile-ups in the region for more than a decade.

    New dumps
    Citizens are unwilling to let new dumps be opened or re-open old sites.
    Clashes have occurred between residents and police in the suburb of Pianura.
    Residents set up roadblocks to stop the re-opening of long-closed dump, saying it would pose a health risk.
    Local officials who had promised to solve the problem have been called to resign over the latest crisis.
    The infiltration of organised crime into garbage collection services, unorganised bureaucracy and the protests have been blamed by authorities for the problems.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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