Pictures of overflowing bins and bags shedding out their contents shared online as Five Star Movement fails to tackle waste
Mounds of uncollected rubbish have been piling up in Rome since Christmas eve, with some occupants adjusting them on fire in protest against a municipal administration that has failed to deliver on its promise to tackle the city’s waste.
Scenes of overflowing bins and crates running out their contents ought to have shared on social media as accumulations by the public services conglomerate, Ama, were disturbed by holidays and heavy downpours.
” The statu right now is chronic ,” read Massimiliano Tonelli, the founder of Roma Fa Schifo( Rome is Disgusting ).” During this period, Ama never manages to organise collects well but things have got worse over the last couple of years .”
Rome has been managed by the Five Star Movement, which is leading in opinion poll ahead of general elections on 4 March, since Virginia Raggi was elected mayor in June 2016. Solving the rubbish crisis was one of her campaign pledges, but an ambitious proposal launched in April has so far proved futile.
Neighbourhoods beyond the city centre, that typically better retained due to the number of tourists it allures, ought to have the worst affected in recent days.
” The rubbish pile-up here gets bad during vacations and when Ama goes on impres ,” alleged Shelly Ruelle, an American who live in EUR, an expanse south of the centre.
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