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PACKAGING WASTE: OVER 78% IS RECOVERED

Press release n. 10 of the 08/11/2016 13.13.38 ( download )

Among the key players ante litteram of the Circular Economy, hub of the 2016 edition of Ecomondo. In 2015 12.3m tons put on the market Italy in first place in Europe for recycling packaging waste and aluminium scrap

.Rimini, 6th november 2016 . From the point of view of Circular Economy, the core around which the 2016 edition of ECOMONDO (8-11 November, Rimini Fiera) revolves, packaging waste is to be found among the key ante litteram players. On the occasion of the 20 years of Ecomondo (which will be documented by means of an exhibition set up in the foyer of the south entrance), the Conai consortium, one of the expo´s long-standing partners, once more confirms its participation, bringing once again its experience in packaging management.
Italians take increasing care with the protection of the environment and increasingly behave in virtuous manner regarding waste disposal. In fact, during 2015 in the packaging chain, of approximately 12.3 million tons put on the market, over 9.6 million tons were recovered (5.4% more than 2014). The percentages recycled and recovered were thus respectively 66.9% and 78.6% of the packaging put on the market, a further rise on 2014 figures.
As far as the various product chains were concerned, steel, with 474 kilotons of packaging put on the market in 2015, reports a rise of 2.3%. This is an important result that shows how the sector is picking up after several years of crisis. This growth involved all categories except crown caps.
For aluminium in 2015, 50,200 tons were recovered, the equivalent of 75.5% of the total put on the market. This avoided the emission of greenhouse gas for 345,000 tons of CO2 and a saving in energy of 148,000 TOE (tonnes of oil equivalent). This result puts Italy in first place in Europe for recycling aluminium packaging waste and scrap.
There were also good results for paper, with 4,585 kilotons of packaging put on the market and a growth of 3.7% compared to 2014. The increase is also the consequence of online purchases, which produced an increase in the amount of corrugated cardboard put on the market and a preference for paper bags and shoppers. The main types of paper and cardboard packaging are: corrugated cardboard, paperboard cans and tubes, envelopes, wrapping paper, solid cardboard, shoppers and bags, sacks, labels and mainly paper polylaminate packaging.
Also during 2015 an overall total of 2,672 kilotons of wood packaging were recovered and put back on the market with an increase of 1.4%. In particular, this consisted in pallets put back on the market, following reconditioning which resulted in over 25%, with a rise of 5% on 2014 figures.
The glass, chain, with 2,343 kilotons of packaging put on the market, also reports an increase of 1.9% compared to 2014. The types of glass packaging are represented by bottles, flacons, phials and jars.
Also in 2015, 10,105,173 kg of exhausted batteries and portable accumulators were collected, increasing collection by over 5% compared with 2014. This result puts Italy on a par with European averages, with over 41% of the exhausted batteries collected with respect to the new ones put on the market.
As far as territorial contexts are concerned, an increasing number of Italian regions recover and recycle 50% of the packaging put on the market, a target to be achieved by 2020, according to EU regulations. In 2015, the Italian regions that reached this threshold rose from eight to nine, while the Municipalities that have exceeded the European target total 3,549 (13% more than 2014 and 58.29% than 2013).
Although it is still Northern Italy that has the most virtuous behaviour for the greater availability of disposal, recycling and recovery plants, some Southern Italian areas are advancing, such as Calabria, which in 2015 reported an increase of 54.6% in source-segregated waste collection. Also worthy of note are the increases in Campania (39.60%) and Apulia (11.62%).
(Source: CONAI and connected consortia)
ECOMONDO 2016 AT A GLANCE:
Category: International exhibition; Organizer: IEG SpA; Patronages: these include the European Commission, the Italian Ministry for the Environment and the Protection of Land and Sea, the Ministry for Economic Development, the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Unioncamere, Emilia Romagna Region and Rimini Municipality; frequency: annual; edition: 20th; admittance: trade members and general public; tickets: full-price 20 euros; free admission for children up to 12 years of age; reduced-rate ticket 8 euros; University students (who must show their record-book) 3 euros; hours: 9 am-6 pm, last day 9am-5pm; visitor info: tel. +39 0541 744111; e-mail: ecomondo@riminifiera.it; Web site: www.ecomondo.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/EcomondoRimini; Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ecomondo; official hashtag: #ecomondo

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