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Trash crisis: Berlusconi urges Neapolitans to get recycling

Government plans will work with local help, says premier

05 November, 17:55
Trash crisis: Berlusconi urges Neapolitans to get recycling (ANSA) - Rome, November 5 - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi urged Neapolitans to start recycling to help solve their city's trash crisis Friday and said government plans for Naples refuse problems will work if local authorities do their bit.

Last week Berlusconi said it would take just three days to clear thousands of tonnes of uncollected refuse, but trash is still piled up on the southern city's streets. The efforts have been hampered by violent protests by demonstrators opposed to dumps situated on the outskirts of Naples and in the surrounding area.

''According to our studies, only 15% of rubbish in Naples is separated for recycling,'' Berlusconi told a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

''The public must make an effort to increase this to reduce the amount of rubbish taken to dumps''.

He said local authorities in the area were to blame if the problem had returned after his administration ended a similar crisis in 2008.

''The opposition has found an opportunity to say our plan was not effective, but that plan works and it will work if the local institutions do their duty and proceed with the opening of new landfill sites and the construction of new incinerators,'' Berlusconi said.

The Premier added that a decree on the creation of new incinerators, including some in the Naples area, will be presented at the next cabinet meeting.

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