Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Neapolitan Rubbish Racket

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Neapolitan Rubbish Racket

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ITALY

The city of Naples has been ordered by the European Union (EU) to tackle its urban waste crisis as the streets filled with more than 100,000 tonnes of trash.

Rubbish collections in the Italian city ceased altogether at the end of 2007. Residents have been burning their own refuse, and violence has flared up on multiple occasions.

'I am not just concerned but also alarmed at the garbage situation in Naples,' said Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who was born in the city.

Italy's former police chief, Gianni De Gennaro, is the latest in a line of 'Trash Tsars' and has been told to have the situation under control by April. Local authorities have been given the same period to produce plans to get refuse collection and recycling in line with EU legislation.

Soldiers are being deployed to clear the streets of the rubbish which has accumulated since collections ceased.

With landfill sites full, the region of Campania has been struggling to find solutions for the last 14 years. Proposed new facilities have been beset by incompetence, corruption and local opposition. …

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