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Municipal waste waste generated in Italy 2018, by region

Lombardy is the Italian region generating the greatest amount of waste. In 2018, the total volume of municipal waste produced in this region amounted to approximately 4.8 million tons. Lazio and Emilia-Romagna followed far behind with three and 2.9 million tons, respectively. Lombardy is one of the most populated Italian regions.

Paper and plastic waste management

Also, Lombardy was the region with the greatest amount of paper waste collected. Nonetheless, Sicily was the region with the highest number of facilities intended for managing and processing paper waste. Another southern Italian region, Campania was leading the ranking on the number of plastic waste sorting facilities.

Landfills and incineration

In 2017, there was still a great gap between the South and the rest of Italy regarding the amount of waste sent to landfills for disposal. Indeed, in the North of Italy landfills were deployed to get rid of roughly 1.7 million tons of waste against 3.7 million tons of the South. However, the Northern region Lombardy recorded the highest volume of waste incinerated nationwide.

Municipal waste generated in Italy in 2018, by region

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