Illegal waste disposal is one of the main activities of eco-mafias, with Puglia in third place for environmental crimes, equal to 11% of the infringements ascertained out of the national total.
This is the alarm launched by Coldiretti Puglia, in relation to the resurgence of the phenomenon especially in the province of Foggia, with entire loads of waste spilled in the countryside, cars, plastic and asbestos, when in the last 20 years they have been spilled, buried or burned waste of all kinds.
In Puglia there are over 3,700 ascertained infringements, with the province of Bari leading the ranking with over 1400 infringements, Foggia 553, Lecce 430, Taranto 314, Brindisi 201 and Barletta, Andria and Trani 6, with the Apulian provinces of Bari, Foggia and Lecce that sadly ‘earn’ the third, twelfth and eighteenth place in the national ranking, says Coldiretti Puglia on the basis of the latest report from Legambiente.
It is a serious and escalating phenomenon, where waste of all kinds – insists Coldiretti Puglia – is no longer just criminal groups, but also residents who dump all kinds of waste in rural areas, from garbage to plastic, from household appliances. up to asbestos sheets, as well as building material abandoned by companies, without the slightest respect for the private property of farmers and causing incalculable environmental and image damage
It is unacceptable that rural areas are used as open-air landfills – reports Coldiretti Puglia – impoverishing a well-kept and productive territory, polluting the earth and the subsoil, causing considerable damage to the agricultural entrepreneur who is often called upon to remove the spilled waste. by others, if it fails to prove that it did not produce them..
In any case, the owner of the agricultural land cannot be called to answer for the case of abandonment or uncontrolled deposit of waste in his area – adds Coldiretti Puglia – if the subjective element of willful misconduct or the fault. However, this cannot guarantee peace of mind for farmers, because the assessment of responsibility sometimes presents very blurred lines of demarcation and evaluation.CopyAMP code
In the face of the emerging emergencies – continues Coldiretti – it is necessary to adopt all the measures to protect safety and health, ascertain the responsibilities and initiate the necessary actions for direct and indirect damages in favor of the affected communities and businesses. On the structural level – concludes Coldiretti – it is necessary to safeguard the areas with an agricultural vocation, avoiding the authorization of settlements potentially at risk and protecting them with controls from abusive ones.