Burning garbage crisis in Naples
Apparently, residents have 'voted' with their lighters and some 90 separate fires have been reported on Monday.
Silvio Berlusconi's new government is to announce new measures to deal with the crisis at a special cabinet meeting in the city on Wednesday.
"Every six to seven minutes, one of our emergency vehicles sets off with its sirens screaming," local fire commander Ugo Bonessio told La Repubblica newspaper.
The company in charge of collecting Naples' rubbish, l'Asia, promised Monday to start special collections, saying there was currently 3,500 tonnes of uncollected rubbish in the city, compared with more than 5,000 tonnes on Saturday.
"Trains loaded with waste should be leaving today for Germany," Asia president Pasquale Losa told ANSA news agency.
Around 100,000 tonnes of waste was to exported to Germany for disposal.
In addition to the 5,000 tonnes of waste still littering Naples, there are tens of thousands of refuse pile along roads in the Campania region.
Toxins believed to be seeping into the soil from this waste caused a health scare earlier this year when the region's prized buffalo mozzarella cheese was found to containing raised toxin levels.
"The escalation in rat colonies and the risk of transmission ofdiseases like leptospirosis (transmitted through the urine of infectedrodents)," has created a "dramatic" health risk, president of theNaples College of Physicians, Giuseppe Scalera, warned on Sunday.
The European Commission this month launched legal action against Italy before an EU court over its failure to tackle the crisis.