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In our daily activities, we produce a lot of waste. When we unwrap a packaged snack, or leave some broccoli in our plate, or if we decide it is time for a new videogame, we are saying that we no longer want to use those things and therefore we want to get rid of them. It is a very simple gesture, once decided, we throw everything in the trash and when it is full, we throw the bag full of rubbish in the large bin outdoors. From this moment onwards, there are special services in charge of managing our waste and the problem is solved for us. Actually behind waste there is a lot to know and a lot that we can do. First of all, what is waste?

subjects dealt with in Waste

What is waste?

We can say that waste is a substance or an object that the person who has produced it, wants to…

Waste in numbers

The waste we produce every day is defined Urban Solid Waste (USW) and includes whatever is discarded during our daily…

Laws regarding waste

Up to the Seventies, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) was collected without any separation, and it was disposed prevalently in non-controlled…

Waste disposal

In compliance with Legislative Decree 152/06, the term management includes all the activities regarding collection, transport, recovery and disposal of…

Separate waste collection

With the Ronchi decree, separate waste collection was started in the Italian homes, and has now become part of our…

Energy from waste

In the context of the waste-to-energy strategy, we find the so-called refuse derived fuel (RDF) obtained from non-dangerous waste, and…

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  • 13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

  • 15 April 2014 / Water

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    Recycling and reuse

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