Italy recycles more waste, landfills less
The amount of municipal waste recycled in Italy in 2001 grew by nearly one million tonnes against the previous year, outpacing the growth in waste produced, according to an annual environment agency report. As a result recycling rates rose by three percentage points to 17.4 %. Over the same period waste going to landfill decreased from 72.4% to 67.1% of the total generated. Environment minister Altero Matteoli said the data represented good progress towards the government's goal of seeing waste as "a resource, not a problem". The 2003 waste report will be available here.