Banners, red, white and yellow flags of political parties and environmentalist committees, the music of Antonello Venditti in the background: this is how the demonstration called for today by the committees in square of Capitol Hill to ask the municipal administration and the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, to stop the construction of the waste-to-energy plant serving the capital in an area in Santa Palomba, south of the city. “No landfills, no incinerators”, we read on a red banner with white writing. “No to the incinerator, let's block it now,” reads another white sign with red and black titles.
Several dozen people of different ages flocked to the square and white and blue seats were set up for the older demonstrators. Among the flags waved, mainly those of the Italian Communist Party and that of the No Incinerator Committee stand out, but among the demonstrators, who recently joined the "Union of anti-incinerator committees", there are also activists from the 5 Star Movement.
The protest includes a series of interventions by experts and therefore, a microphone and speakers have been placed behind the statue of Marc'Aurelio. After the technical interventions, the floor will be given to the political representatives who have gathered in the square. “We are firmly against obsolete technologies such as the Gualtieri incinerator and we are absolutely in favor of the reuse and recycling of raw and secondary materials which, with the mega plant, would instead be incinerated for hundreds of thousands of tons every year for over thirty years” , explained some exponents of the Union of anti-incinerator committees. “This is an operation decidedly in contrast with the principles of the European Union on the matter. And this is a moral duty for us towards future generations,” they concluded.
We share the reasons for the protest of the local committees and the mayors who are in Piazza del Campidoglio today to say no to the waste-to-energy plant project wanted by the Capitoline council. Gualtieri has always ignored the observations and proposals that the CGIL Rome e Lazio e Legambiente, have advanced over time on the management of the waste cycle in the city". This is what we read in a note from Legambiente and the CGIL of Rome and Lazio. “The choice of the waste-to-energy plant is confirmed as wrong; in fact, all our doubts clearly emerge from the tender notice: the cost will be much higher than that declared, it will have impacts on the ecosystem and will not allow the reduction of waste production, the increase in separate collection and the recovery of the material - he continues the note -. We will continue to have our say but today we are even more worried than in the past, because Ama and therefore all citizens will be obliged to recover 600 tons of unsorted waste per year for 33 and a half years. A short-sighted choice, which will not allow society to make virtuous choices and will therefore not allow us to improve the quality of the service provided, the quality of work and to give impetus to the ecological transition".