Trashing Naples

Naples would rather be famous for wood-baked pizza. But its real specialty these days is spectacular trash crises. The latest emergency, like those before it, stems from government mismanagement and the Camorra, Naples' Mob, which has infiltrated much of the garbage industry. Refuse went uncollected for three weeks, leading to school closures, violent street protests and finally deployment of the Italian army to collect the trash. A look at what's causing the stench:


The Camorra profits whether trash is collected or not. Area dumps have been full since 1994, triggering an ongoing state of emergency. But about half...

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