Some residents make matters worse by simply dumping their old mattresses, fridges and sofas next to garbage bins. AFP / Tiziana FABI
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Landfills in flames and rats feasting on waste in the streets have sparked health fears in Rome, as doctors warn families to steer clear of disease-ridden curbside garbage and locals launch a disgusting dumpster contest online. Crowds of summer tourists are forced to navigate overflowing bins in the stifling heat, as the pungent perfume of neglected garbage draws scores scavenging animals and the threat of disease to the Eternal City and local residents fume over the city's refuse management.Rome's mayor and the president of the Lazio region both assured Italy's environment minister Tuesday that the crisis would be resolved "within 15 days".But to do so, more of the city's 5,000 tons of daily waste will have to be sent for incineration elsewhere.
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