Every Italian produces an average of 500 kg of municipal waste per year, of which about 150 kg are biodegradable and compostable, let’s learn to separate them well.

What is compostable waste? Food leftovers, cut flowers, biodegradable and compostable packaging in bio plastic or paper.

A quarter of our rubbish bin is paper and cardboard. Especially after the pandemic, the use of cardboard packaging for delivery has increased, made up of 90% recycled and recyclable fibre. Be careful not to put the receipts among the paper to be recycled, because it is chemical paper, or waxed paper or paper with a lot of plastic, or sandpaper.

Then we have the waste that comes from the plastic family: the detergent bag, the net that contains the oranges, the yoghurt jar, each container can be disposed of in the separate collection of plastics. Non-recyclable plastic objects, on the other hand, can be taken to the collection centers located in each municipality.

Glass, which represents between 8 and 10% of waste, when disposed of correctly saves energy and water.

Metal, aluminum and steel, both non-ferrous and ferrous, are extremely important in our economy, because there are no longer active iron and bauxite mines in Italy.

Finally, let’s not forget the separate collection of WEEE and used oils.


Roberto Cavallo