Germany appears to be the only country in Europe that is in a position to help Italy tackle its massive trash problem, which came to light when the city of Naples ran out of places to dump its trash, forcing the Italians to turn to its European partners for help.
The two countries recently cut a multimillion dollar deal that allows Italy to dispose of up to 160,000 tons of waste and ship it to Germany for incineration.
Most of the Italian waste comes from the region of Campania, which includes the Amalfi coast, Pompeii and Naples, which has been under a kind of “garbage siege” since last December, when the dumps in southern Italy were declared full and garbage collectors refused to collect the trash.
Ever since, Naples has seen thousands of tons of trash pile up along its streets. The city has become notorious as the city of garbage.