A current problem that I have encountered in recent months is the inability of many to know how to make a correct separate waste collection. In fact, my misadventure with the municipality where I live is recent, as my condominium has seen the penalty for bags that don’t comply with separate waste collection. The same people were left in front of the house by some uncivilized people who were not very inclined to this practice who, instead of learning the rules, preferred to discharge the barrel. By virtue of this my idea of talking about this topic was born: the first step towards a greener world.
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According to the 2018 report of the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research , about 30 million tons of municipal waste were produced in Italy. Many of these were deposited in landfills, 22%, or disposed of in incinerators, 18%. The separate waste collection in all this had a coverage of 58%, far from the 65% that had been the goal set for 2012.
The virtuous regions, which have reached this percentage, if not even exceeded it, are 7 out of 20.
Best Veneto (73,8%), Trentino Alto-Adige ( 72.5%) and Lombardy (70.7%). Still far from the national average instead Sicily (29,5%), Molise (38.4%) and Calabria (45,2%).
How is the situation where you live? Is there separate waste collection? Do it?
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Differentiated Waste Collection: How To Do It?
YES: bottles, jars, glasses and glass jars.
NO: LED and neon lamps, crystal glasses, mirrors, containers in pyrex, vases or containers in ceramic, porcelain or terracotta, plates, containers for solvents and paints, plates.
These materials, depending on the case, go into the dry or taken to landfills.
Paper & Cardboard
YES: newspapers, magazines, books, comics, sheets, notebooks, boxes, paper and cardboard packaging, paper cups (but only if clean and without food residues), brochures, flyers, shopping bags of paper, instruction booklets or medical leaflets, medical prescriptions, utility bills, baking cups, corrugated cardboard packaging, milk, beverage and fruit juice containers in tetrapak (after removing the caps that go into the plastic), paper boxes.
NO: used handkerchiefs and paper napkins (go to the wet). While cartons with food residues, photo papers, thermal paper receipts, waxed or greased paper, carbon paper, baking paper, with glue residues or POS/ATM receipts go dry.
YES: bottles (first removing the paper label that goes into the appropriate collection), bottles, jars and dispensers, tanks for distilled water, bottles of bleach or other substances used in the home (as long as rinsed), plastic bags, food trays, newspaper and magazine films, bags and sacks for food products, plastic pots, films, plastic plates and cups.
NO: various plastic objects such as toys (if small they go into the dry, if large they go to landfills), dirty plastic containers, plastic posts and syringes.
YES: cooked or raw kitchen scraps, fruit and vegetable scraps, greenery scraps, small bones, spoiled and expired food, wooden sticks for ice creams, extinguished ashes in small quantities, coffee grounds and pods (the capsules instead they go dry), tea filters (without thread and paper stamp), paper napkins and handkerchiefs, excrements and natural pet bedding.
NO: hair, animal hair, dust or vacuum cleaner filters, weeds or sick plants, any type of liquid, metals, wood treated with chemicals, diapers and sanitary napkins.