The Italian government is stepping in to resolve an on-going garbage crisis in Naples.
Residents of a town just outside Naples have been blocking access to a waste dump that they say is a threat to public health.
Following a crisis meeting in Rome, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged 14 million euros in compensation to the town of Terzino.
He also promised to unblock the dump, saying: “The Naples authorities will have an emergency order that will take responsibility for managing the site away from Asia, the company currently running it and give it instead to professionals from the Civil Defence service.”
The Terzino dump takes on much of the rubbish from Naples and local residents say it is at saturation point. Already fed up with the stench and potential health hazards, they oppose plans to build a second waste disposal site there that will be one of the biggest in Europe.
Confrontations with police have become more heated in recent days.
Waste management in the region has long been a problem, with many blaming mismanagement and the involvement of organised crime.