Published On: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017

Milan’s plan to tackle anti-social behaviour over the summer

Milan has clamped down on food trucks, selfie sticks, drinks in glass bottles and cans in the latest ban aimed at tackling litter and anti-social behaviour in Italy over the summer. 

The new regulations, effective from Friday, ban the sale and distribution of any drinks in glass bottles or tins from the Darsena docklands area in Milan.

The ban makes it clear that locals and tourists alike are forbidden from “holding, carrying, leaving on the ground, disposing of, or receiving any kind of glass bottles or containers, cans, and selfie sticks”. The same rule applies to firecrackers and fireworks.

Food trucks and street sellers will also be targeted. The regulation prohibits all kinds of “moving trade” in public areas, with street food specifically singled out by the ban.

Milan’s councillor for security, Carmela Rozza, said there was a possibility of renewing the regulation and that it “will continue until it is needed”. The ban is currently in place until August 13th.

She added that the aim was to “make it a habit not to bring glass bottles or cans in the area” and hoped that people would get used to drinking from plastic cups instead.

Other Italian cities have introduced similar measures to crack down on littering and anti-social behaviour over the summer months.

Rome banned late night alcohol sales but the regulations were criticized by bars which claimed their rights as businesses had been infringed. Whilst locals noted that Ottavia, the district where mayor Virginia Raggi lives, was the only neighbourhood exempt from the ban.

The capital has also forbidden climbing on, bathing in, or picnicking near its ancient fountains. There could be fines of up to €240 in place for those who fail to comply.

Florentine mayor Dario Nardella opted for another approach to target those who eat, drink and litter at iconic sites. The mayor announced in May that the steps of the city’s churches will be hosed down at lunchtime in an effort to deter would-be snackers.

“If the tourists want to sit there, they’ll get wet,” Nardella said.

Many welcome these restrictions as Italy has had a growing number of tourists and many of its cities have been put under extra pressure.


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