Rome task force to deal with rubbish emergency

Rome mayor says her concern is that capital is "cleaned as soon as possible."

Italy's environment minister Sergio Costa has stated that a "task force" has been set up to tackle Rome's rubbish crisis following the massive fire that destroyed the TMB Salario waste treatment plant in north-east Rome on 11 December.
Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, who in recent days pledged that the city would avert a rubbish emergency, said on 15 December that her concern is that "Rome is cleaned as soon as possible."
As part of a series of short-term measures to deal with the extra 800 tons of rubbish a day, formerly processed at TMB Salario, the capital will use a dump site at Ponte Malnome in the south-west fringes of Rome, for six months. The Lazio Region has also granted the use of three waste treatment plants to get Rome over the traditionally busy Chrismas period.
The northern Italian city of Turin has indicated its willingness to take some of Rome's garbage, following an offer from the city's mayor Chiara Appendino, Raggi's colleague in the populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S).
The Abruzzo region, east of Rome, also said it would be willing to help the capital but that it is waiting for a formal request from Raggi.
A police investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire at TMB Salario, with sabotage and arson not being ruled out.

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