The sustainability of the Italian mechanical recycling industry of metal, plastic and paper waste in front of new protectionisms and the challenges of international markets
- Wednesday, November 8, 2023
- 14:00 - 17:15
- Agorà Ariminum – Circular Economy Area D1 pav.
- organized by Ecomondo Scientific Techcnical Committee & ASSOFERMET (National association of recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals), ASSORIMAP (Association of Recyclers and Regenerators of Plastic Materials), UNIRIMA (National Union of Pulp Recovery and Recycling
ASSOFERMET, ASSORIMAP and UNIRIMA are the three national Associations of recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastic and paper, each one representative of a specific and functional sector of material recovery. Their member companies, keeping increasingly specialized activity, actualize the principles of circular economy, essential for the achievement of the ambitious objectives set at EU level.
Despite the strategic role for the promotion of environmental sustainability, these recovery facilities are now facing more and more complex challenges, set up by an environmental policy based on new generation protectionist measures, which prohibit or make the export of non-hazardous waste, already subjected to treatments within the EU, difficult and articulated.
Only a strategy of self-sustainability, realized in such a way as to fully replace raw materials in industrial processes with materials from recovery, will give full recognition to “urban mining”. This can only be achieved if the European industrial production system shall be technologically modernized in order to use massively materials from recovery instead of raw materials.
Forcing a market, severely limiting its autonomy based on the balance between supply and demand, discouraging exports, will create strong imbalances and a weakening of the recovery sector, in which Italy is a leading country.
The recovery sector, on the other hand, needs tools that allow the recovered material to be fully placed in internal industrial processes: in this way, the market will autonomously redefine the export dynamics.
Silvia Serranti, Silvia Serranti, full professor of Raw Materials Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering, Material & Enviromental - Sapienza University of Rome
14.00-14.15 Introduction by Silvia Serranti
Mr. Francesco Battistoni (Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies Environment Commission)
Ms. Patty L’Abbate (Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies Environment Commission)
Recycling chains: industrial development and sustainability to win the European challenge of circularity
Brief introduction by Cinzia Vezzosi (Assofermet and Euric Vice President)
William Bandinelli, Bandinelli S.p.a.
Brief introduction by Walter Regis (President)
Corrado Dentis, Dentis Recycling Italy Srl
Brief introduction by Francesco Sicilia (General Manager)
Laura Tavano, Mantini Srl
16.30-17.00 The European framework
Mattia Pellegrini (Head of Unit DG ENV - Circular Economy - From Waste to Resources)
- Resource efficiency and Circular Economy
- On-site event