A row over rubbish collection in Naples is raising health concerns as a dustmans’ strike enters its fourth day.
Vandalism has taken nearly 200 dump trucks off the road and workers also fear their temporary contracts will not be renewed.
At the same time, police have had to provide protection for garbage that is being moved, amid protests over plans to create a new landfill site, near Terzigno on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
Naples police chief Santi Giuffre said that escalating tensions mean that security has had to be dramatically stepped up.
The southern Italian city was under a “waste disposal state of emergency” until late last year over a similar crisis.
The long-running saga has been blamed on a lack of local incinerators and landfill sites controlled by the local mafia, some of which were used for the illegal dumping of toxic waste.