Warning over low Italian waste recycling

Matteoli offers "maximum assistance" to local authorities in bid to meet 2003 target

Italy is failing to live up to self-imposed recycling targets for municipal solid waste, environment minister Altero Matteoli warned on Tuesday. Mr Matteoli was speaking at an event to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the 1997 "Ronchi" decree in which the targets were set (EED 11/02/98).

Italy's national waste observatory puts the current recycling rate at just under 17%. Underlying this is a huge, and reportedly growing, regional divide. Northern areas are managing to recycle some 27% of waste, while in the south the average is under 5%.

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