Photo Essay

20 Year Battle - Bella Napoli Still Drowning in Trash

Bella Napoli

These images are taken on different days around the city of Naples Italy. After moving here with my family in February 2011, we have fallen in love with Bella Napoli. It is hard not to fall in love with Naples - the people, culture and food are warm, rich and delicious but nothing could have prepared me for the amount of rubbish dumped all over the entire region and the ongoing trash crisis.

With deep appreciation for the people of Campana, I feel obligated to document the environmental atrocities of the region. Environmental atrocities caused by alleged corruption in politics and organized crime over the past 20 years.

Our neighborhood and those nearby recently celebrated a very small victory as the trash collection has resumed after piling up in front of our homes for 20 days. Other areas are not so fortunate as they are still overwhelmed with trash which has been baking in the hot summer son for more than a month. Trash sits near farm fields, the sea, schools, and residential homes. There has been anywhere between 5-20 illegal fires set a night to burn waste.

Even with my frustration with the trash boiling over, I still love Naples and her beautiful people. Let us keep moving forward positively and peacefully to find a solution to this extremely complicated crisis.

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  • Inder Gopal

    Inder Gopal said (13 Jul 2011):

    well being from the 3rd world :), what can one say about a western developed country where they unable to find a solution to the garbage. It is such a pity seeing these images of a city. Are the residents so indifferent to the state of their city or is the local administration so defunct that nothing can be done and the residents have no options but to pile up garbage.
    I was recently visiting Himachal Pradesh specially McLeod Ganj a hill city where HH Dalai Lama set up base in exile where to my surprise there was no garbage lying around. About 7 to 8 years back I saw huge piles of garbage and plastic bags rolling down the mountain side. The State has banned plastic bags and so the change. They have improved collecting of garbage from homes and commercial establishments. I can say where there is a will there will always be a way to sort this mess out. Kudos fr the nice write up fully supported by pictures. Thanks.

  • Luca Biagini

    Luca Biagini said (15 Jul 2011):

    Good work Liisa! All the world must see this shame. The worst trash we have is our government...

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