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Per capita municipal solid waste generated in Italy 2010-2019

The average Italian generated 499.3 kilograms of municipal solid waste in 2019. The average volume of MSW generated per capita in Italy has remained steady over the past decade, averaging roughly 500 kilograms per inhabitant since 2010.

Regional waste generation

On average, residents in Emilia-Romagna generated more than 660 kilograms of municipal waste in 2019. This was the largest generation of municipal solid waste per inhabitant in Italy that year. This was followed by the central region of Tuscany, where approximately 612 kilograms of MSW was generated per inhabitant.  

Waste sorting and disposal

The volume of waste subjected to sorted collection has been steadily increasing in recent years, rising from approximately 12.5 million metric tons in 2013 to roughly 18.5 million metric tons in 2019. With regards to waste treatment methods, almost one third of municipal solid waste was intended for material recovery in 2019.

Volume of municipal solid waste generated per capita in Italy from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

December 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures for years 2010 to 2012 were previously published by the source.

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