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New case study: The story of Contarina shows 85% recycling is possible!

New case study: Contarina's story shows that 85% recycling is possible!

This case study proves that high recovery targets are not only feasible, but also save money and create jobs.

Zero Waste Europe today released a new case study that shows that in less than 15 years, it is possible to achieve more than 80% of individual collections, while reducing costs and creating jobs.

Contarina is responsible for waste management in most areas of Treviso Province, serving 554,000 residents, with an average source separation level of 85%, and each inhabitant generates only 53 kg of non-recyclable waste each year. In contrast, the EU’s average source separation level is 42%, and each person generates 285 kg of residual waste per year.

Not only are these impressive rates that make Contarina a zero waste champion, but it is also committed to continuously improving its performance and moving towards zero waste. The goal of recycling 96.7% of waste by 2022 and reducing the remaining part to 10 kg per person per year is a good proof.

"This experience proves that the goals set in the circular economy package that the vice president Timmermans plans to withdraw are not only realistic, but also the right way to stimulate the economy; create jobs and improve resource efficiency", Director of Zero Waste Europe Joan Marc Simon says

Today, these case studies show that prevention, reuse, and recycling create jobs and resilience, save money, and protect the environment and public health, compared to outdated incineration or landfill ideas.

You can download the case study here


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Zero Waste Europe was created to allow communities to rethink their relationship with resources. In more and more areas, local groups composed of individuals, businesses, and city officials are taking important steps to eliminate waste in our society. Read other information about us here.

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This is the last of 4 case studies published by Zero Waste Europe. If you want to learn about these amazing practices, download the case studies of Capannori (Italy), Argentona (Spain) and Vhrnika (Slovenia) and review their success stories to date and analyze the key factors that led to such an impressive transition.

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