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29 November 2017

CONAI: AFTER PROPER COLLECTION PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN DEFINED

SORTED WASTE COLLECTION WILL BEGIN AS OF 1 JANUARY, 2018

The National Packaging Consortium (CONAI), with the aim of supporting and promoting the use of more recyclable packaging, has defined three different categories of plastic packaging, based on their level of environmental impact in the end of/new life phases.

As stated by the CONAI President, Giorgio Quagliuolo, “The new environmental contribution wants to reward the commitment of companies in the design and use of packaging best conceived for the purposes of environmental sustainability and the circular economy”. Furthermore, the tax will be calculated according to some fundamental criteria established in 2015, namely:

  • Selectability
  • Effective recyclability
  • Target circuit at the time in which packaging becomes waste (criterion analyzed only if the first two are met) 

Target circuits refers to “Domestic” or “Trade & Industry”. “Trade & Industry” waste also includes urban waste of domestic origin.lated to urban waste.

After an initial test phase, which started on 1 May, 2017, the new waste collection categories will come into force on 1 January, 2018, although full application is scheduled for 2019, and will be divided into the following 3 bands: 

  • Band A (selectable and recyclable packaging from trade and industry): 179.00 €/t
  • Band B (selectable and recyclable packaging from domestic use): 208.00 €/t
  • Band C (packaging that can not be selected/recycled at their current state of technology): 228.00 €/t

To determine the different parameters relating to the three categories, CONAI decided to use an LCA approach (Life Cycle Assessment), which was reviewed by a third-party body, in charge of  assessing the environmental impacts of end of/new life phases.

Although the provision represents an important step forward in the direction of “green” bags and packaging, Plastisac has been working to increase the recyclability of its products, showing particular sensitivity towards this subject and becoming one of the more virtuous corporate realities in this sector.

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