Italy presses ahead with emergency waste rules

Controversy surrounds southern bias of criminal penalties for illegal fly-tipping, financial incentives to incinerators

The Italian parliament's environment committee gave the go-ahead on Wednesday to a controversial government decree introducing jail sentences for illegal fly-tipping in the Naples area and financial incentives for incinerators in certain Italian regions.  To take effect the decree must be approved by the full parliament by 5 January.

The decree was adopted by the government on 6 November in the aftermath of months of turmoil faced by the city of Naples over an acute waste crisis (EED 05/06/08).  It introduces criminal penalties including custodial sentences for fly-tipping in the Campania region.

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