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Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:31
Rome, region clash over garbage crisis
By Xinhua
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:31 By Xinhua

Young tourists wait next to a bin overflowing with waste in front of the Ancient Pantheon, in central Rome on July 27, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO)

ROME - The City of Rome and the Region of Lazio, which includes Rome, are at odds on handling the crisis of overflowing trash around the capital city.

Virginia Raggi, mayor of Rome, said Wednesday that the situation was "a disgrace" and that she had petitioned the Lazio regional government to authorize space and funding for new waste disposal sites outside the city.

Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti said no such requests had been received.

The problem has attracted widespread attention in the country. Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has called for an end to the political bickering and said volunteers from his political party would help clean up parts of the city this weekend.

Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti told the lower house of parliament on Wednesday that current infrastructure was inadequate to handle the problem and that no existing plans would help significantly.

Rome's garbage problem has multiple causes: too few waste disposal sites, insufficient staff and equipment for collection, as well as corruption.  

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