Waste incineration volume in Italy 2013-2018

The amount of municipal waste that was incinerated in Italy remained quite steady over time. In 2018, approximately 5.6 million tons of waste were incinerated. Incineration is the process of getting rid of waste through combustion. Most of the times, the outcome is energy production. This process improved throughout the years, becoming less harmful for the environment due to the deployment of new technologies, which make it possible to eliminate pollutant agents.  

Incineration plants by area

In Italy, incineration accounted for 18 percent of the treatments to which municipal waste is subjected. It may be assumed that incineration is more common in the north than in the rest of Italy. As a matter of fact, 26 incineration plants for municipal waste were situated in the north, whereas in the south and in the center, there were six plants.    

Waste-to-energy and emissions

Between 2011 and 2018, the amount of gross energy generated from biomass and waste increased from 10,832 gigawatt hours to 19,235 gigawatt hours. On the other hand, the level of annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from incineration and open burning of waste remarkably decreased over time.

Total amount of municipal waste incinerated in Italy from 2013 to 2018

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2013 to 2018

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