Piles of garbage still surround the nerds. Rome remains dirty and on the other hand it is known, cleaning it from the garbage when you touch the health emergency is never a walk. Mayor Gualtieri promised to do it by Christmas and the car started with various actions. There are agreements for transfers of as it is in private plants outside the city, there are productivity bonuses for Ama garbage collectors (those who give up their holidays until January 9 will have access to the 360 euro bonus), and there are tables opened with trade associations to reorganize the collection of non-domestic users, but it is easier said than done with 500 tons of waste accumulated on the sidewalks for weeks. A month after the start of the extraordinary cleaning plan signed by the new mayor, some progress has been made. But Rome remains dirty. Gualtieri ensured the full restart of the collection as early as last week, but it takes very little to downsize announcements and good intentions.
The hitches in Gualtieri’s plan
Today, to say, is Monday and the various plants that welcome the undifferentiated of the capital at the weekend remain closed. The Roman treatment and disposal system is not autonomous and as soon as a link in the fragile chain is loosened, the garbage bags accumulate on the sidewalks. 24 hours of closed plants are enough to block the trucks responsible for transporting waste in the north of Italy. Waste that remains in our local Tmb or on Ama vehicles, unable to unload. If the Ama vehicles remain full of waste they cannot collect it from the bins, the bins return full and if no one empties them, the citizen is forced to get rid of it on the sidewalks. And here we go again. In a framework of normality and fully operational collection, these are barely perceived hitches. If, on the other hand, you are already in an emergency, those same obstacles slow down not a little the attempts made to clean up the city.
Then there is also the rain, which doesn’t help. Cleaning up critical locations, with piles of wet bags ready to fall apart in the hands of the shift operator who can barely lift them off the ground, takes longer than normal. Even an hour in the worst cases with large quantities of garbage. And if there is also some abandoned mattress to move, which weighs twice as much if soaked in water, the garbage man also needs the help of the driver. Rome is still dirty and cleaning it is far from simple. The starting point is disastrous and the system is so dancer that it doesn’t take much to send it into tilt. The car has started but it takes time, perhaps more time than the mayor Gualtieri hoped for.
Agreements to dispose of outside Rome
“The cleaning plan is going well, we are calm even for Christmas, the outlets are there” explained the councilor Sabrina Alfonsi in an interview with our newspaper. Yes, the outlets have been found and the agreements renewed. Thanks to the transfer of 120 tons per day of waste to Mantua, the productivity of the Porcarelli plant in Rocca Cencia is improving in a chain, whose reception capacity goes from 1550 to 2000 tons per week. The Ecosystem plant in Pomezia has increased its reception capacity from 400 to 900 tons per week, thanks to the ordinance of the Metropolitan City which has expanded the amount of treated waste that can be given to Albano. Then there are the 150 tons per week of treated waste that Rida di Aprilia will be able to deliver to the Acea waste-to-energy plant in San Vittore. Furthermore, the Saxa Rubra transshipment area was reactivated, necessary for the door-to-door collection of North Rome with a capacity of just over 800 tons per week, and also the transfer area of Ponte Malnome for 560 tons. per week.
The outlets are now there and the extraordinary efforts required of Ama workers will be rewarded. But Rome is still dirty. It takes time, and patience. “It will take another ten days to clear the streets of all the neighborhoods well” estimate the workers of the Lila group, ready to present their proposals to revolutionize street collection this week in the Environment Commission.