Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
CATANZARO

Calabria waste system near collapse, says councillor

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Catanzaro, April 26 - The southern Italian region
of Calabria's waste disposal system is in dire straits, the
region's environmental policy councillor told journalists on
Friday.
''In Calabria the waste disposal system is on the point of
collapse, as regards the functioning of facilities, the
infrastructure and financial situation,'' said Councillor
Francesco Pugliano, just weeks after waste management returned
to regional government control after being run for years by a
special emergency waste commissioner's office.
''A few days ago we inherited responsibility for the sector
after 16 years of extraordinary power and significant financial
resources entrusted to the commissioner. Today, however, we find
ourselves without one or the other. We must, therefore, present
a clear picture of the situation''.
Pugliano said Calabria needed more time to encourage waste
recycling and to lower rubbish production, in order to restore
''balance'' in both the waste-plant system and costs compared to
revenues to pay for the services.
''We're in trouble,'' Pugliano said while appealing for the
collaboration of municipalities.
''It should be noted that some people are blackmailing the
region, as they seem to think it is an inexhaustible well of
money,'' Pugliano claimed.
''The first three months of the year revealed a financial
deficit of at least three million euros per month. We hope that
by the summer there can be a bit more breathing room compared to
the current situation''.

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