Circular Economy for biowaste in Italy​

Italy is one of the EU countries leading the separate

collection of MSW and specifically of organic waste.

 

Nowadays, in Italy, about 35 million of inhabitants

are involved in intensive collection schemes for biowaste

(foodwaste + greenwaste) diverting about 6.5 Mtons

of biowaste from disposal to recycling.

 

The biowaste accounts for 41.2% of

all MSW source segregated in Italy in 2016.

 

Hence over the last 25 years, an industrial sector

for biowaste recycling has developed and consolidated in Italy.

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In the last 10 years, the number of recycling

facilities increased by 3-4% each year.

 

In 2017, there were more than 320 composting

or Anaerobic Digestion & Composting facilities,

reaching a total treatment capacity

of about 9 million tons.

 

Italy is an consistent example

of MSW management and shows that the recycling

of foodwaste and greenwaste is a binding

condition to reach the UE recycling set by the

Circular Economy Package approved in April 2018.

COMPOSTING

MATERIAL RECOVERY

ANAEROBIC DIGESTION

ENERGY and MATERIAL RECOVERY

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COMPOSTING PLANTS

TREATMENT CAPACITY

5.4 million ton

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ANAEROBIC DISESTION and COMPOSTING PLANTS

COMBINED TREATMENT CAPACITY  

3.3 million tons