Rubbish collectors and street cleaners will be able to report members of the public who violate regulations on the disposal of rubbish under the terms of a new regional law. Violations will be followed by a fine from 50-619. This means that those caught throwing cigarette ends on the ground, dropping sweet papers, leaving mattresses and televisions at the side of the road, not dividing rubbish up and throwing it into the correct container, allowing dogs to defecate in public places without cleaning up, or even those who park in front of rubbish containers, thereby obstructing access to them, will run the risk of being reported and fined.

The move has been welcomed by the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, and the head of AMA, the citys waste disposal service, Giovanni Hermanin.