Bologna’s Separation of Waste Exceeded 50% for the First Time

Centro and Savena are the Most “Diligent” Districts

In the first six months of 2018, the separation of waste stood at 50.6%, in July it reached 51.2%

Waste separation

Waste separation

By Alexandra Patton

“For the first time, the percentage of the city that separates waste exceeds 50%. In the first six months of 2018 it stood at 50.6% and in the month of June it rose to 51.2%.”

Centro Storico

Centro Storico experienced a ten-point climb in its percentage of households that separate waste collection: the average for the first six months of 2018 was 58.4%, while in June it rose to 61.4%.

Centro Storico residents are also praised for the type of waste that they throw away. Analysis of their waste shows that they are following the rules. In the Porto District, 9 out of 10 pieces of waste that were thrown out are organic (92.1%, January 2017), compared to 89.3% in June 2016 and 83.7% in April 2016.

Quartiere Savena

Quartiere Savena was a pilot area for the separate waste collection program. This area has been under constant review since March 2015. The percentage of the district that participates in separate waste collection is 62%. Even an analysis of the workforce in the center yields a positive result. The separation of waste is clearly increasing, and it shows that the vast majority of citizens respect the waste collection rules.

Other districts of the city are much further behind Savena. For example, in Santo Stefano (outside the center) it’s 49.1%, San Donato-San Vitale 47.7%, Porto-Zaragoza (outside the center) is 46.9%, Borgo Panigale-Reno 46.3%, and Navile at 44.8%.

Some areas still need to catch up.

Some people still abuse the system.

Collection in the City

The trend of separate waste collection in Bologna has continued to rise since 2013, when it was at 39.2%. In 2014, it rose to 40.9%, 2015 to 44.9%, 2016 to 45.9%. Last year, the average separate waste collection hit 48.2%. It then rose to 50.6% in the first six months of 2018. In June, it reached 51.2%, an average that reveals a positive trend in separating waste. Centro Storico has an even better and more remarkable percentage jump: from 25.5% in 2013 to 50.1% in 2017. In the city, the first six months of 2018 have an average of 58.4%. It rose to 61.4% in June.

“Over 50% of households recycling in the city is clearly a positive result,” says city councilor Alberto Aitini. “Our goal is to bring Bologna in line with Europe by reducing abandoned rubbish and improving collection methods. This will meet the needs of the citizens, whom I would like to thank. The increase in separate waste collection is in thanks to everyone committed to respecting the environment by differentiating waste correctly and respecting the rules.”


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