The intensive use of resources,
particularly non-renewable ones, puts pressure on our planet and
threatens the security of supply.
Waste recovery and industrial activities classed as "recycling"
represent an essential source of supply for a large part of the
Through material recovery and recycling, the recycle economy makes
a significant contribution to the general eco-efficiency of the
system, providing substantial savings in energy and the use of
non-renewable resources and also allowing sizeable emission
reductions, during both manufacturing and end-of-life
Throughout the world, but also in Italy, the recycling industry
and the main manufacturers' collective compliance schemes are
researching innovative applications in the sectors of building
materials, ceramics, design and medicine. The success of this
research is crucial to creating a "circular economy", the basis for
a society that recycles, with the aim of reducing the amount of
waste generated and reusing it as a resource.
As regards electronic waste, this would allow achievement of the
environmental objectives set by the European Directive for this
type of waste. For example, in the absence of new industrial
applications for TV glass, this would be sent for landfill disposal
with the result that 50% of the weight of these appliances could
not be recycled.
Besides the strong environmental benefit, financial savings could
also be achieved with a fall in raw material costs and a notable
reduction in volumes sent to landfill.