There separate waste collection in the Municipality of Milan is still far from the 65% required by national legislation, but given the delay with which the Lombard capital has implemented a serious policy on waste (with the recycling della Forsu that started in wedges from November 2012) perhaps we could not do more. Councilor Pierfrancesco Maran at the CNR conference on waste and by-products said that the Albertini Council will be remembered for having made the water purifiers and that of Pisapia for the differentiated waste. In fact he is right.
But it takes time. The numbers say that the growth rate of the separate waste collection in the Municipality of Milan it is constantly growing, albeit slightly, with a consequent decrease in the undifferentiated share. However, although there are many 'recycling municipalities' in the Lombardy Region, Milan struggles to keep up and with recycling it stands at around 34% (Legambiente figure), placing itself as one of the rearmost in the Region.
Luckily in 2015 in Milan there is the EXPO. The universal exhibition, which will have nutrition and the reduction of waste as its central theme (Feeding the planet, energy for life is the claim chosen for the event) has among the induced effects that of pushing towards virtue in terms of management and separate waste collection. The goal, said the Assessoe Maran, is to quickly reach 50% of the total and make Milan the first major capital in Europe in separate waste collection, playing with Vienna which leads the ranking.
How to do? The strengthening of the recycling of the humid fraction of waste urban solids (Forsu) is a strategic point, but it is not the only one. Everyone must do their part, including the Politecnico di Milano which includes the production of waste among the most significant environmental aspects. But not only that, the Politecnico di Milano is also dealing with the issue of waste.
For example, with the Zero Waste project aimed at overcoming the logic of throwaways in favor of good practices for encouraging reuse, recovery, increasing the quantity and quality of separate waste collection. One result is for example the PIC, Platforms for Intelligent Containers, which consists of an intelligent system for real-time monitoring (weight and volume) of the rubbish collection. In 2006, a first application of these containers was made in Shanghai (Cleanwings project). The first application of the PIC in Europe took place at the Politecnico di Milano as part of the Città Studi Sustainable Campus project.