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. With Dump Full, Thousands Of Tonnes Of Trash Fill Naples Streets

The existing dumps are overflowing or have been closed by the courts for not being in line with standards, while plans to build new dumps systematically run into harsh resistance from local communities.
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Rome (AFP) May 08, 2007
Nearing the height of tourist season, thousands of tonnes of trash piled up along Naples streets and in the suburbs on Tuesday after the dumps in the southern Italian region of Campania were declared full. On Monday, the Naples garbage collectors could only collect 500 tonnes of garbage and were forced to leave behind 2,000 tonnes on the sidewalks and in communal rubbish bins in the streets, according to official city figures.

It was the third consecutive day that all garbage could not be collected in Naples.

Overwhelmed by the presence of these mountains of waste, inhabitants began burning the trash, and fire fighters were forced to put out more than 30 such blazes in Campania overnight Monday to Tuesday.

The handling of household waste has long been in deep crisis in Campania, home to some six million people, where the local Camorra mafia has since the 1980s been involved in illegal industrial waste treatment.

The existing dumps are overflowing or have been closed by the courts for not being in line with standards, while plans to build new dumps systematically run into harsh resistance from local communities.

Authorities here estimate that some 500,000 tonnes of waste have been illegally "swept 'under the carpet' or poured into wildcat dumps", Guido Bertolaso, a government commissioner in charge of garbage in Campania, said recently.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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