Italy publishes new decrees for the circular economy

October 8th, 2020

To implement the Directives that are part of the Circular Economy Package, which the European Union adopted in July 2018, Italy has published the following decrees in its Official Gazette:

  • Legislative Decree 118/2020 for Waste Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Legislative Decree 116/2020 for Packaging and Packaging Waste
  • Legislative Decree 119/2020 for End of Life Vehicles

The new decrees will allow Italy to strengthen its system of extended producer responsibility, stop the generation of waste, define new supply chains and progressively increase the recycling of municipal waste to 65% and reduce the use of landfills to less than 10% by 2035.

Commenting on the new legislation, Alberto Canni Ferrari, head of ERP Italy and a circular economy specialist, explained: “With the entry into force of these decrees, Italy is aligning itself with the countries that most effectively deal with the recycling of materials and is aiming to introduce sustainable production and consumption models to revive the economy.”

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