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Tons of Trash Piles up in Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy is still in the midst of a garbage crisis. Thanks to mafia control of the waste-management system, mixed with government incompetence, 200,000 tons of piled waste sits in the southern Italian city.

Last December, garbage collectors stopped picking up trash, as there was nowhere to put it. Last week, outgoing Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said the trash will be gone by May as a result of new dumps and the creation of three incinerators. May! Naples reached an agreement with a German waste-management company and piles of garbage will be sent to Germany to be burned.

According to Greenpeace, incinerators will result in irreversible environmental damage. If fact, schools have been forced to close a few days, as the smell from festering trash made it unsafe for children to go outside.

Check out the video above of Vespas floating in a sea of trash, narrated in beautiful Italian. You're safe from the stench on this side of the camera. How do you say recycle in Italian?


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janneth janneth 9 years
Must be great for their tourist industry.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Ewwww. Yeah this is dangerous
Advah Advah 9 years
Jillness, I was about to post the same thing. I remember a few years back, when garbage collectors went on strike in Marseille. The city had to find agreement within less than a week, since after only 2-3 days rats had invaded the streets.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
Since November? My God! Cremating all that trash is definitively not the right solution, I hope they listen to what Greenpeace is saying. The environmental damage will be huge for sure, there's a lot to burn! Where exactly in Germany will they cremate everything? Anyway, in Italian is riciclare ; )
KWM KWM 9 years
ugh that's disgusting i just got nauseous
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I wonder how this will effect disease control! How dangerous!
caryatid caryatid 9 years
riciclare. =) i was in naples two years ago in november and let me tell you... it was pretty horrible then and that was just the beginning, i can't imagine it now.
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