Rome clamps down on street dumping

Cameras installed to catch people dumping bulky waste on Rome's streets.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi says she is taking a tough stance against people who dump rubbish around the city by installing dozens of surveillance cameras across the capital.

The mayor said that people have been "dirtying our city with impunity for years", dumping bulky waste such as old furniture, toilets, mattresses, rubble and tyres along roads around Rome.

Stating that there was "no more space for zozzoni" (loosely translated as "dirt bag" or "filthy slob"), the mayor said that she has created a special "anti-zozzoni task force" to deal with the problem.

The first person to be caught by the video cameras was a taxi driver who was filmed dumping rubbish by the side of road. The 52-year-old was tracked down by authorities who handed him a fine for €600.