Rome's new mayor unveils €40 million plan to clean up city's trash in 60 days

Head of Rome's rubbish collection agency AMA steps down.

Rome's new mayor Roberto Gualtieri has unveiled a €40 million plan to clean up the capital "in 60 days" in what he said was "the first step in the relaunch" of the capital.

Gualtieri, of the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), said that "€32.3 million had been identified through existing resources, with €7.7 million in additional resources identified in the budget."

The plan is centred around five main pillars: sweeping the streets every three days and removing trash left dumped around bins; the removal of illegal rubbish tips; the sanitation of bins; taking care of greenery; and the maintenance of drains.

The 55-year-old mayor, who is expected to reveal his team of councillors this week, faces an uphill task in cleaning up a city long plagued by a rubbish crisis.

Gualtieri's announcement follows the resignation of Stefano Zaghis from his post as sole administrator of Rome's municipal refuse collection agency AMA.

Zaghis, who was appointed in 2019 by former mayor Virginia Raggi of the populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S), had promised to step down if Raggi failed to get re-elected.

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