Pictures of overflowing bins and pockets spilling 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 placing 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 luggage shedding out their contents ought to have shared on social media as collections by the public services conglomerate, Ama, were disrupted by vacations and heavy downpours.
” The place right now is chronic ,” said Massimiliano Tonelli, the founder of Roma Fa Schifo( Rome is Outraging ).” During the said 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 polls 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 strategy launched in April has so far attested futile.
Neighbourhoods beyond the urban centres, that typically better conserved due to the number of visitors it captivates, have been the worst affected in recent days.
” The rubbish pile-up here get bad during vacations and when Ama goes on impres ,” said Shelly Ruelle, an American who lives in EUR, an neighbourhood south of the centre.
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