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Date of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: Italian Studies

First Advisor

Prof. Dario Del Puppo

Second Advisor

Prof. Martina di Florio Gula


Despite being one of the most culturally influential and significant cities in Italy, Naples has many serious issues. One of them is the garbage crisis, in which piles of trash are left in the streets or illegally (and dangerously) disposed, thereby creating environmental problems. Contributors to this problem are the Camorra, an internationall crime syndicate , that illegally burns and buries garbage for profit, polluting the water supply and air. Waste management companies are willing to make deals with the Camorra, but there are many factors that affect this. These businesses work with the Camorra in part because of poor local and national polices favoring Northern Italy, which have left Naples and the surrounding region as a dumping ground. The purpose of this paper is to examine the problems and recommend potential solutions. These recommendations suggest more anti Camorra legislation, as well as improved local policies to incentivize proper dumping. It also recommends national polices that will help Southern Italy as opposed to exacerbating the problem.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies. Full text access is limited to the campus community.