“Plants and collection blocked”. Why Rome is drowning in waste

“Plants and collection blocked”. Why Rome is drowning in waste
“Plants and collection blocked”. Why Rome is drowning in waste

The streets of the capital invaded by waste – Photogram

«For the management of waste in Rome in two years nothing has been done. Everything has stopped ». Andrea Masullo, an engineer, until March 31st consultant of the Ministry of the Environment but above all former director of Ama, appointed by the mayor Raggi and “defenestrated” on February 19, 2019, together with the other directors, is a total rejection. having wanted to cancel the Municipality’s debt of 18 million for cemetery services from the Ama budget. “For demanding compliance with the law,” he returns to denounce. Now he looks at the city full of waste and explains why. The story of those who had tried to change. “In these two years, the plants have not made a step and the separate collections have stopped, indeed there has been a setback and some have even been abandoned. The door-to-door collection was not increased by any means, which had worked very well for 320 thousand inhabitants where it had reached 69-72% ».

And here from Masullo the first lunge starts. «Ama’s sole administrator, Stefano Zaghis made an industrial plan in which it was said that door-to-door collections are only charges and therefore did not intend to give any priority. Ignoring that well organized they are instead a source of profits. But they haven’t even implemented street collection. Nor have the broken bins replaced. Many locations are inaccessible, with burnt or stuck lids. A state of total abandonment ». And in the meantime, he accuses, “we are bearing some of the highest costs in Italy for waste management, with an extremely poor service”. He disputes the figure of 45% of differentiated recycling claimed by the current management of Ama. «In reality it is much less because in that number they also put the light multi-material of the bins which they then do not send for recycling. They don’t recycle anything. We also did not have plants, but at least we were beginning to direct the materials to companies that worked on it. It was a profit that still did not pay off the investment for the collection, it would have done so when we were equipped with the plants. And so we could have sold the materials. But nothing has been achieved ». Claims the choices of the Board sent home by the Rays. “Ours was a very clear investment plan: 250 million transferred from exposure with banks to investments. They became a factor of advancement and not a burden. To build 14 plants that would have led us to manage 70% of waste in Rome. It was a serious plan, because we had set ourselves to realize everything in the Roman territory. It was ethically right.

While now in Rome they do not manage more than 10-12% ». And Masullo accuses. “Often they don’t empty the bins because they don’t know where to take the waste.” With the criticality of commercial waste. «The business had been entrusted to private companies that had managed it badly in the first months of operation. We were moving to terminate the contract with the major defaulters and reorganize the service. Our idea was to keep him in Ama and we had been waiting for the hiring of 300 workers for months. Everything froze when we were removed ». Masullo makes a clear accusation. “The only outcome, if you continue to do nothing, is privatization. There is a big company that designs plants and doesn’t wait any longer to eat it all. I’m talking about Acea, which 51% belongs to the Municipality but for the rest of private individuals such as Suez and Caltagirone. But in this way all the profits that we had foreseen for Ama in order to be able to reduce the tariff for citizens, become useful for individuals. While Ama would be left with only the collection charges ». Among the projects that remained blocked, that of innovative plants for the thermal treatment of waste. “Instead of incinerating something more modern, the Itea plants in Gioia del Colle. They are non-polluting and produce inert ashes with which we would have reactivated some ceramic activities in the province of Frosinone to make tiles for road paving. Installations that could have been done easily in the Roman area ». Thanks to all this, “a small landfill would have been enough. Now, instead, you have to think about an important site because in the situation we are in there is nothing ».

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