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Italians raise a stink over mounting trash
Italians raise a stink over mounting trash

The smell, said Carmela Di Nardo, undulates sickeningly, a cross between rotten eggs, burned skin and dead animals. You try not to breathe very deeply. You keep your children inside. "It smells worse than sewage," Di Nardo said. "This is shameful." Here in Pianura, in nearby Naples and in more than a dozen other southern cities and towns, an estimated 100,000 tons of uncollected trash is rotting on the sides of roads and at apartment block doorsteps, poisoning the air, embarrassing the Italian government and empowering the local Mafia. Two weeks ago, garbage collectors stopped picking up the trash because they said the region's landfills were full. The garbage and...

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