In 2021, Italian paper mills recycle 16% more paper and cardboard than in 2020 (5.2 tons in 2020, over 6 in 2021). On the eve of the 2022 World Recycling Day, the data of the Graphic Paper Federation arrive which with Comieco affirm the centrality of paper and cardboard recycling to the country’s circular economy, especially in this era of energy crisis where the recycling of resources becomes imperative to a sustainability where the economy and the environment are increasingly integrated and in support of the current geo-political crisis.
“The Italians” explains Massimo Medugno General Director of the Graphic Paper Federation “can celebrate this day as a ‘leader’. Italy, in fact, being a territory with scarce raw materials, has learned the art of recycling: giving a second life to materials, in particular with paper and cardboard, it is in fact one of the Made in Italy excellences “.
In Italy, in 2020, Medugno continues, the recycling rate of 87.3% was reached in paper and cardboard packaging. Scraps from the paper or publishing industries, offices, commercial and transport activities and household waste have been processed and recycled in Italian paper mills to have a second life in paper and cardboard packaging. European paper and cardboard recycling target of 85% by 2030 reached and exceeded 10 years in advance while the EU average is 73.9%. The historical vocation to recycling paper and cardboard in Italy is also demonstrated by the second position of our country (after Germany), at European level, for the use of paper to be recycled with 11% of the total volumes “.