Sixty days to locate the Rome landfill, then it will be commissioner. The Lazio Region with a resolution, no longer an ordinance after the appeal won by Roma Capitale to the TAR, warned the Campidoglio called to identify within the municipal boundaries the outlet necessary to guarantee self-sufficiency in the management of the waste cycle. The landfill that is missing in Rome.
A game that is played on the fine line of skills and the eternal clash between the Region and the Municipality, meanwhile the city slips inexorably towards the emergency. The streets once again invaded by garbage tell the story: overflowing bins, impassable sidewalks occupied by walls of garbage bags. That’s how it is, from Magliana to Cassia. All around a nauseating smell, made even more acrid and annoying by the rise in temperatures. The seagulls glide and feast on the piles of garbage, along with the increasingly aggressive crows. On the edge of town, overflowing dustbins attract wild boars, wherever there is fear of mice. Capital disaster.
Waste collection haywire: in Rome streets like landfills
The garbage collection is haywire, Ama can not make it clear the streets of Rome from garbage. Without plants and with an industrial plan far from being implemented, the city has plunged into yet another crisis. Destined to live with piles of garbage in every corner, right at the dawn of the reopening. Citizens forced to slalom between the bags, on long pilgrimages in search of the first free bin. The restaurateurs who take it out on the municipal government also protest, directly responsible for non-collection: “This disservice, in addition to creating damage to the decor in the city, and to the image in the historic center, also causes inconvenience to restaurateurs, in particular for the disposal of wet and glass, to customers and residents” – denounced Claudio Pica, president of Fiepet-Confesercenti of Rome and Lazio. The scenery around the platforms and dehors of the premises is disastrous, the smell unbearable.
Ama fails to collect the waste but acquits himself: “It’s the Region’s fault”
But Ama, as well as with the disastrous management of the burials in the cemeteries of Rome, absolves himself, and also acquits his sole shareholder: Roma Capitale, putting the bitter account on the Lazio Region. For the new crisis, the number one of the municipal company, Stefano Zaghis, blames the closure of the plants and starts seven years ago: from the disposal of the Colleferro incinerators. Then, eighteen months ago, there was the closure of the Colle Fagiolara landfill, also in Colleferro; from April the stop to the contributions to Roccasecca, in the Frosinone area. Nothing to do even for the Monte Carnevale landfill. Yet it was the Capitol led by Virginia Raggi who wanted it there: in the battered Galeria Valley. Malagrotta 2 preferred to a series of other supplied areas, from Tragliatella to Falcognana: only after the arrest of the manager of the Lazio Region, Flaminia Tosini, and of the entrepreneur Valter Lozza, precisely for an investigation into the Monte Carnevale landfill, did the step back.
No progress for Rome: without plants or landfills
Very few steps forward. Rome is still waiting for the composting plants in Cesano and Casal Selce: announced in 2017 they will arrive, perhaps, in 2024. In the same year, the completion of Ama’s multi-year industrial plan is also expected: after the yes of the Giunta, the long marathon in the Capitoline Assembly , the ok of the shareholders’ meeting came only at the end of April. Ecological islands, the conversion of the Rocca Cencia TMB into a multi-material selection plant, the construction of a new site for the mechanical biological treatment of the dry-undifferentiated fraction of municipal solid waste at the service of the city. It’s still all on paper. Rome remains without plants and without landfill. In the meantime, the steps back, “remodeling” according to Ama, on the door-to-door collection from Torrino to Colli Aniene, also in Settebagni the bins will return. “Self-sufficient city in 2024, the landfill will be in the province” – assured RomaToday the Councilor for Waste of Rome Capital, Katia Ziantoni. Meanwhile, the capital is suffering.
Starting with the collection of municipal competence and in particular of Ama. But it is not Ama’s fault, so writes the sole administrator Stefano Zaghis. “The current capacity of authorized but unused landfills in Lazio is approximately 825,000 cubic meters. For its part LOVES – he wrote in a letter to associations of businesses, traders and exhibitors – in the last two months it has had to play, in spite of itself, a role of ‘Pivot’ by gradually renouncing until last week all the contracted spaces with treatment and final disposal plants (waste-to-energy plants and regional landfills) to leave them to its treatment suppliers and using outlets outside the Region at doubled prices for the waste treated in its plants (TMB Rocca Cencia and VRD Laurentino), all in order not to interrupt the collection of waste in the territory of Roma Capitale. This is to represent you how the company has so far done everything in its availability and beyond, to serve the city to the best of its ability “. But obviously it is not enough to fill the plant engineering deficit: the stalemate that has occurred (also) in recent years with the inert Capitol. Nothing after the cancellation of the eco-district plan wanted by Marino. Palazzo Senatorio led by the grillina as much a prisoner of the no arrived from the territories, as of ideological convictions.
Waste, Rome slips into the umpteenth crisis: the government attempts mediation
On Friday the Government will try to mediate with a technical table at which the Ministry of Ecological Transition summoned Roma Capitale and the Lazio Region. But the coming weeks are expected to be critical. Zaghis himself admits it. “With the gradual reduction of restrictions until the curfew is lifted, there will be a greater influx into businesses throughout the city, tourists will gradually return. During the month of June, Ama, while putting every possible effort into the field, could find it more difficult in the timely provision of collection services “. Even more than today.