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Trash issues Naples and area

Does anyone know any specifics about this on-going issue? I'd heard there were problems in Naples - but now it sounds like it is spreading... Anyone know if this is affecting the Sorrento Peninsula?

ROME (Reuters) - The United States embassy in Rome has warned U.S citizens they may face a health risk in Italy's southern Campania region due to a garbage crisis that has filled streets with piles of rubbish.

"U.S. citizens traveling to or through the area may encounter mounds of garbage, open fires with potentially toxic fumes, and/or sporadic public demonstrations by local residents attempting to block access to dumps," the embassy said in an advisory note.

Since May, streets in Naples and nearby towns have been piled with household waste that has nowhere else to go -- the fault of political mismanagement, conflicting interests and organized crime.

The embassy warned that airborne particles and fumes from these fires could aggravate respiratory problems and the fires could release toxic substances into the air.

Last month the European Commission took legal action against Italy over the thousands of tonnes of uncollected waste, saying it posed serious health and environmental risks through the spread of disease and through pollution of air, water and land.

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just got back from Italy. Took a daytrip to Pompeii. Naples was so filthy w/trash that we couldnt believe it. wouldnt try the walk suggested in Rick's book....yuck!

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I was in NAples in mid-May when this problem was brewing and didn't notice any trash accumulating in the historic center or in the suburbs. But now it sounds just awful, Naples was teeming and chaotic enough with having to navigate piles of festering trash.

This morning I talked to a friend who lives in Naples, he is lucky to have had fairly regular trash pick up so it isn't affecting the Pospillio (sp?) hillside neighborhood.

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What was it like heading out of Naples toward Sorrento on the A3? Is it confined to Naples? Or has it started to affect the penninsula?