Villages ban bottles to turn tide against litter
Published 22/09/2010 | 05:00
Hikers and tourists visiting one of Italy's most scenic stretches of coastline have been banned from carrying plastic bottles of water amid fears that the area is being "buried" in rubbish.
Instead they will be asked to pay €1 for reusable metal flasks that can be filled at newly installed public water fountains.
The quaint villages, terraced vineyards and precipitous cliffs of the Cinque Terre in the country's north-west attract three million visitors a year. The tourist hordes discard two million plastic bottles, some of which end up littering local beaches and polluting the sea.
Franco Bonanini, the president of the Cinque Terre national park, said the ban stops the area being "buried" in plastic.
"With so many visitors, the footpaths and villages of the Cinque Terre are at risk of being transformed into a great big open-air dustbin."(© Daily Telegraph, London)