Brussels, 24 April 2017. Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi (CONAI), the Italian consortium in charge of implementing the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), and EXPRA member, was recognised today among ‘100 Italian Circular Economy champions’.
The award was formalised at an event organised by the Italian non-profit association Legambiente in the European Parliament, in the presence ofEuropean Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, and European Parliament’s Rapporteur for the waste proposals, Simona Bonafè.
CONAI is being rewarded for its role in implementing the circular economy model in Italy – as the national packaging consortium, it is responsible for recovering and recycling packaging waste involving steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic and glass. In 2015, recycling accounted for 66.9 per cent of the total packaging consumption, amounting to 8.2 million tonnes. Considering energy recovery rates, 78.6 per cent of the packaging waste (9.6 million tonnes) was, in fact, diverted from landfill.
You can read the Press Release here.