Waste 2011 over 60 per cent, Varese races towards the separate collection of household waste
It will probably be impossible to reach the difficult target of 65% of separate collection of household waste by the end of 2012. However, the province of Varese made great progress. Varese and Cantello included, and Malpensa excluded
It will probably be impossible to reach the difficult target of 65% of separate collection of household waste by the end of 2012. However, the province of Varese made great progress towards the “reasonable” separate collection of household waste in the province: this is what is explained by the Waste Report 2011, presented today, 10th December 2012, in Villa Recalcati.
In 2011,the separate collection of household waste in the province of Varese reached 60.5%, with an increase of 1.4% compared to 2010 (59.1%) and going beyond the target by the end of 2011 (60%). For more than ten years, the trend has increased unceasingly, and fortunately is not showing any reversal.
Luca Marsico, the Vice-president and Councillor in charge of the Protection of the Environment, the Ecology and Energy, declared, “It’s an important progress that goes towards the fixed target, i. e. 65% of separate collection of household waste by the end of 2012. A figure that becomes even more important if it is compared to the national average, which is slightly more than 30%. And for all this I would like to thank our province’s citizens, as it is because of their attention and active commitment that we could reach these excellent performances. Actually, we managed to create a virtuous model on the waste, which sees the commitment of the Region Council, but also of the Town Councils and the companies in charge of the collection.”
TARGET 2012: IN 2011, IT WAS ALREADY EXCEEDED BY 57 TOWN COUNCILS
The next target fixed by the national rules is 65%, which should be reached by 31st December 2012, according to the Italian and European laws. The councillor affirmed, “It is a very ambitious target which should be added on a large scale, which is already, however, within the reach of many Town Councils in Varese.
Actually, compared to the provincial average of the separate collection of household waste, in 2011, 57 Town Councils out of 141 already exceeded 65% of separate collection of household waste. Six of them exceeded even 70%: Arsago Seprio, Biandronno, Castelseprio, Ranco, and the towns Cassano Magnago and Tradate, in which, respectively, live 21,655 and 18,002 inhabitants.”
THE VIRTUOUS TOWN COUNCILS AND THOSE THAT BECAME SO
The target for 2011, 60 per cent of separate collection of household waste, was exceeded by 85 Town Councils, with a total population of 504,239 inhabitants, i.e. 56.8% of the provincial population. Among them, the towns Saronno (39,379 inhabitants, i.e. 69.43%), and Gallarate (52,011 inhabitants, i. e. 63.62%). Among the 56 Town Councils under 60% of the separate collection of household waste, 33 of them are all the same over 55% of the separate collection of household waste (215,800 inhabitants, included Busto Arsizio, 82,063 inhabitants, i. e. 58.35% of the separate collection of household waste), 15 of them over 50% (73,139 inhabitants), whereas 8 of them are between 42% and 49% of the separate collection of household waste (94,351 inhabitants). “Among them, there is Varese, that was at 49.64% of the separate collection of household waste, but it is making important progress in 2012. Thanks to an important communication campaign, we are guaranteeing an increase of the monthly services of separate collection of household waste 2012 of 10% compared to the percentage of 2011. A progress that will help all the province, at least to reach the target of 65%.”
Tail-ends, under 50 per cent, in 2011 were Masciago Primo, Varese, Cadegliano Viconago and Cantello. Marsico emphasised, “Cantello was the last Town Council to adopt the humid waste collection, in mid-2011, but this year made great progress. We must point out that the Malpensa Airport is at the 142° place in the list of the separate collection of household waste. We made progress, but we need to go on.”
THE SEPARATE COLLECTION OF HOUSEHOLD WASTE INCREASES, THE WASTE PRODUCTION DECREASES: THIS IS THE CRISIS EFFECT
The situation of the provincial waste is increasing as to the collection, but is decreasing as to the quantity: actually, in 2011, in the province of Varese were produced 408,502.7 tonnes of waste, among which 161,475.4 t of unseparated waste and 247,027.3 t of recycling waste: with a decrease of 2% on the total as against the previous year, even though the population there increased by 1.3%.
It is the third consecutive year in which it is found a decrease in the total waste production, even more significant this year as against the previous ones: the obvious correlation is with the economic crisis and the consequent consumption decrease.
Anyway, the separate collection of household waste increased by 1.4%, and is significantly decreased the unseparated collection (by 6.1%). Even the humid waste increased (2.2%). With these results, the Province of Varese predicts to increase the provincial percentage of the separate collection of household waste average at least by 2% by the end of 2012.
Marsico concluded, “Even if we don’t meet the target of 65%, we will go towards it, with the certainty of reaching it. The excellent results that obtained by big environments such as the Town of Varese and the Coinger Association in the beginning of 2012 give us great hope.” For the Town Councils that do not meet that target, there may be disincentives next year. However, their introduction depends on regional and national decisions.