Renewable Matter # 10 / May-June

When Repairing a Washing Machine Becomes a Crime

by Alessandro Farruggia

The excess of rules creates confusion and uncertainty harbouring mistakes and bad practices to the point where virtuous behaviour is sanctioned. Many discarded materials have become resources, but according to the law they are still waste.


For that Italy dreaming of the circular economy, life is not at all simple. Consumers, companies, recycling managers and consortia must meander through a jungle where the good will to anticipate and regulate everything creates very detailed, sometimes even artificial barriers and divisions. But also treacherous gaps where bad practices can embed themselves. 


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