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Recycling rate of plastic packaging waste in Italy 2013-2018

In Italy, the recycling rate of plastic packaging steadily increased from 2013 to 2019, growing from 37 to 45 percent. The recycling rate was calculated by the source as the share of material recycled out of the total amount of plastic packaging released for consumption.  

Plastic packaging recycling rates in the EU

In the European Union, in 2016, Lithuania was the country with the greatest plastic packaging recycling rate, 74.4 percent. In the same year, the recycling rates of Germany and France amounted to 48.4 percent and 25.8 percent, respectively. The share of plastic packaging recycled in Italy was in line with the European average , which was 42.4 percent of the total consumption.   

Energy recovery from plastic packaging waste

In the last few years, the volume of packaging plastic waste collected per capita constantly increased in Italy . The amount of plastic packaging collected that could not be recycled - due to the typology of polymers - was sent for energy recovery. The volume of packaging intended for energy recovery peaked in 2016, before slightly decreasing in 2017.  

Recycling rate of plastic packaging waste in Italy from 2013 to 2018

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2013 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Ratio between quantity recycled and amount released for consumption.

Data prior to 2014 from earlier publications by the source.

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