Over 14 million municipal waste was produced last year, an average of 502 kilos per person. This figure increases in the 16 municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants.
An increase in the production of urban waste in Italy in 2021. A good 29.6 million tones, recording an increase of 2.3% compared to 2020. The figure increases in the 16 municipalities with a resident population of over 200 thousand inhabitants. However, growth appears to be lower than that of GDP and household consumption (6.7% and 5.3% respectively). In the North, 14,164,287 million waste was produced in 2021, against 9,140,482 million in the South and 6,313,469 in the Centre. The per capita production of municipal waste by region was 516.8 kilos in the North, 537.7 in the Center, and 460.9 in the South.
On the other hand, there is the increase in separate waste collection , going from 18.2 million to almost 19 million tons (compared to 2020). In the North, the total collection stands at 10.1 million tons, in the Center at around 3.8 million tons. In the South almost 5.1 million tons.
Separate glass collection stands at almost 2.3 million tones, up compared to 2020 (+1.2%), at a national level. Plastic continues to grow by 1.7 million tons . Wood passes to over 1 million tons. Waste electrical and electronic equipment amounted to 290 thousand tons. In 2021, 126 landfills for non-hazardous and hazardous waste received waste of urban origin. Again in 2021, the quantities of municipal waste disposed of in landfills amounted to a total of 5.6 million tones. 26.1% of the total disposed of is managed in the North, 30.5% in the Centre, and finally, 43.4% of the national total is disposed of in the South.