Renewable Matter # 22 / July-August

An (Almost) Perfect Circle: Paper Recycling in Italy

by Giorgia Marino

In Italy, the annual report by Comieco – the consortium for recovery and recycling of cellulose-based packaging – confirms Italy’s positive trend. Italy’s paper sector is amongst Europe’s elite in terms of circularity. However, there are still challenges to overcome, such as those embodied in compostable food packaging, in order to come full circle.


Making a virtue of necessity. This has always been the mantra in the Italian paper industry. A Country of “poor” forests that are not particularly productive in terms of biomass, the Italian peninsula has had to adapt to recycling to supplement paper and cardboard production. A habit that today, at a time when it is necessary to accelerate the transition to a circular...

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