published on 10 July 2019 in energy

Paper and cardboard, separate collection and recycling is increasing in Italy

Italians are getting increasingly better at separating their waste, in particular paper and cardboard. This has been reported by the 24th Annual Report by COMIECO on separate collection of paper and cardboard in Italy, prepared by the National Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Cellulose-based Packaging (COMIECO) highlighting the most important figures on separate collection and recycling of paper and cardboard in Italy. According to the report, in 2018 over 3.4 million tons of paper and cardboard were collected (+4% against 2017), equivalent to a national average of 56.3 kilos per inhabitant.
Central Italy was confirmed as the area with the highest rate of recovery (68.3 kg per capita), followed by Northern Italy (64.9 kg per capita) and Southern Italy (38.1 kg per capita). At per capita level, Emilia Romagna was the most virtuous region with over 90 kg of paper and cardboard collected per inhabitant, followed by Trentino Alto Adige (83 kg per capita) and Valle d’Aosta (79.6 kg per capita). Bringing up the rear, on the contrary, were Molise (23.8 kg per capita), Sicily (29 kg per capita) and Campania (32.1 kg per capita).
These results are a clear sign that protection of the environment is becoming an essential aspect of the public spirit of citizens, increasingly more careful to separate paper and cardboard from other waste materials. Alongside the commitment of citizens, which is certainly the basis for achieving these results, there is also an effective and efficient management system, able to ensure that the packaging is collected and recycled throughout Italy.

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