Italian waste collection in "virtuous circle"

Apparent rapid rise in municipal waste claimed to show reduction in illegal disposal

In areas of Italy where municipal waste collection services are becoming more efficient, the quantity of refuse collected is increasing by between 3% and 10% per year, according to the federation of municipal hygiene services, Federambiente. But the association says the trend is a sign of improvement rather than a cause for alarm.

"The increase is due to more refuse being collected that might otherwise have been dumped or illegally disposed of," Federambiente's president Guido Berro told journalists on Wednesday. "Refuse collection is increasing in those areas where the whole refuse cycle has improved, which are also the areas where the most effective differentiated refuse collection is taking place," Mr Berro said.

The quantity of refuse collected in major Italian cities such as Rome, Bologna, Florence, Venice, Bari and Palermo rose in 1999, Mr Berio added.

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