- How does paper and cardboard recycling work?
- What happens to the paper "after the garbage bin"?
- Why is it important to differentiate waste properly?
- Who are the players in the sector and how do they operate?
From 10 to 12 April 2014 you can find out at the 13^ edition of Riciclo Aperto (Open Recycling), the ‘open door’ initiative of the paper industry, organised by Comieco in collaboration with Assocarta and Assografici and sponsored by the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, ANCI, Federambiente, Federmacero and Unionmaceri.
The recycling of paper and cardboard undoubtedly has beneficial effects on the environment and municipal coffers, but it also plays an important economic role. The Italian paper industry, in fact, not having integrated production cycles of pulp, depends mainly on waste paper to meet its needs: in 2013, 4.5 million tonnes of recycled paper were used by Italian paper mills, a quantity which easily exceeds the quantity of virgin fibre used.
From 1998, the paper and cardboard recycling industry has guaranteed - along with Comieco – to launch the recycling of millions of tons of paper and cardboard packaging, as much as 3.5 million in 2013 alone. Considering, furthermore, occupation and spinoff activities, the value of the raw materials generated from the recycling and the saved disposal costs, in 14 years the overall net benefit for the country was more than 4.3 billion euro. Thanks also to this, the recycling of paper and cardboard is a real highlight of the Italian green economy.
At an international level, Italy stands for excellence regarding the collection and recycling of paper and cardboard: in 2013, in Italy, 9 out of 10 packages were collected and recycled, placing our country at the top of the European ranking.