Italy has been given an ultimatum by the European Commission to resolve the rubbish crisis in Naples, failing which it says fresh court action will be brought. The southern Italian city and surrounding region have been in heaps of trouble since landfill sites reached capacity last month and sanitation staff went on strike.
Some 3,500 tonnes of uncollected refuse is estimated to still be on the streets of Naples. It was double that before the army intervened earlier this month, in the face of local outrage.
Brussels has called the disorder “the culmination of a more than 14-year-old process of insufficient implementation of European waste legislation for which Italy has repeatedly been condemned by the European Court of Justice.”