Rome sends rubbish to southern Italy

Puglia to receive 4,500 tons of Rome trash to ease capital's rubbish crisis.

Rome is to send 4,500 tons of general household waste for one month - the equivalent of 150 tons per day - to the southern Italian region of Puglia following an agreement reached with the Lazio Region.

Puglia accepted the temporary request due to its reserve of landfill space made available thanks to the southern region's significant increase in waste recycling over recent years. Puglia's strides in effective waste separation and recycling are a result of technologically-advanced treatment plants and education awareness programmes in the region's schools.

In January the Abruzzo region east of Rome agreed to process 39,000 tons of the capital's refuse for three months as the city's rubbish crisis reached breaking point over the Christmas period.