Big increase in Italian packaging collection

Industry consortium reports 20% rise from 1998 to 1999 in tonnage collected and recycled

Italy's national packaging consortium Conai has reported that 3.8 million tonnes of packaging materials were collected and recycled in 1999, a 20% increase compared with 1998. Conai is made up of more than 1.3 million companies, which pay in more than euros 207m (ITL400bn) per year to the consortium.

Firms' participation proves that Italian businesses have appreciated the need to make industrial production and consumption compatible with environmental concerns, according to Conai. Furthermore, it says, the data show that an integrated differentiated refuse collection and recycling system has now been established and the dumping mentality has been superseded.

Conai and the association of Italian municipalities ANCI have reached an agreement according to which local administrations will receive some euros 135m in 2000 towards differentiated collection and recycling of the principal packaging materials (ENDS Daily 25 February). These include steel and aluminium, cellulose, paper, wood, plastic and glass. The value of materials that will be recycled instead of being dumped should double the value of the agreement to local authorities this year.

Follow Up:
Conai, tel: +39 02 760 541.

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