Living in Italy, I am always interested in the local news. Not only for the contents, but also to get a feel of how people over here think and live their lives...
I reported in an earlier post about the garbage problem in Naples which left piles of stinking rubbish uncollected since December, due to incompetent governance and interests of the Comorra, the Mafia's local variant.
In January, the army started clearing up the piles of waste. Local waste dumps, however, were not able to handle the amounts of garbage people generated, and train loads of Napolitana trash went all over Europe. Germany is taking 200,000 tonnes of rubbish from Naples. Every day of the week a 56-wagon freight train full of rotting tomatoes and stinking nappies makes its way across the Alps to Hamburg, in northern Germany.
That was not a permanent neither a cost efficient solution. In a new phase to the Naples waste saga, the Italian army has now opened up its own waste dump near the city. 2,500 armed soldiers are sent in the further clean up the garbage and control the 'public order'. (Full)
If one would by cynical, the question could be asked: the lack of local waste dumps made "waste management" a lucrative income for the local Mafia. Is the army now found a new potential source of income? Smart move! :-)
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Picture courtesy Ciro de Luca (Reuters) and EPA (Al Jazeera)