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Recycling, Milan is one of the best cities in Europe for garbage disposal

Milan has something to teach other European cities, so much so that it has drawn the attention of New York’s administration. The Italian city is only behind Vienna in terms of efficiency in waste recycling.

54 percent of the waste generated in Milan is recycled and the city aims to reach 65 percent in the next years. Smart bins, collection of wet waste in open-air markets and purchase of new eco-friendly means are only some of the proposals made by the council led by newly-elected Mayor Giuseppe Sala to improve recycling in the city.

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AMSA’s means of transport.

This was revealed during the event “Milan Recycle City. From waste to resources: Milan meets New York”, which saw the delegations of the two cities explore the topics of garbage disposal and recycling with the use of a Dutch Application of Reusing products. According to estimates, Milan is Europe’s second best recycling city after Vienna.

According to AMSA, recycled waste accounts for 54 percent of all waste generated in the first six months of 2016, and increased by 2 percent compared to the same period of 2015. “Organic waste leads the way, rising to 7 percent compared to 2016 levels”, AMSA explains.

“New York aims to send zero waste to landfills by 2030”, said Dennis Diggins, NYC Sanitation First Deputy Commissioner, during the event. How? Banning plastic bags and not sending electronic waste to landfills.

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Recycling organic waste in the open-air markets is one of the proposals made by Milan’s council.

Recycling in Milan, how to improve it

Mauro De Cillis, AMSA’s Operations Manager stated that: “In open-air markets we’ve been trying to collect organic waste for a few months. We’re trying to remove organic waste at the source so that only the residues remain and the collection of organic waste improves”.

That’s not all. To encourage further the citizens to recycle their domestic waste: “We will try to reduce waste disposal rates”, De Cillis said. Waste is currently collected twice a week, in the future it will be collected just once.

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