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Environment

An overview


In 2016 the amount of collected municipal waste was 30.1 tons, with an increase of about 590 thousand tons to the previous year. This was partially due to the calculation method. Percapita production stopped at 496.7 kg (+2.2% to 2015) and less than a quarter of this amount was landfilled complying with the European provisions. Separate collection accounted for  52.5%, with an increase of 5 percentage points to 2015, and confirming the sharply increasing trend of the last years: the percentage doubled to 2006, though the goal of 65% established for 2012 was not yet achieved.

Between 1990 and 2015 Italy reduced its greenhouse emissions by 16.7%, passing from 520 million of tons of CO2 equivalent to 433. During the same period in the face of an increasing population of 7.1% as average, emissions per capita diminished by 22.2%. In 2015 greenhouse emissions after four  consecutive drops, slightly increased (+2.3%).


Air pollution is one of the main environmental problems especially at urban level. In 2017, 36.9% of households  perceived air pollution in the area where they live in, while slightly more than a fifth part of them complained for unpleasant odors  .

In 2016, bathing areas, represented by marine-coastal, transitional and surface water, were 5.518 in Italy. The increasing trend in the percentage of bathing waters of excellent quality  was confirmed, and got to 90.8%, i.e. 3.6 points more than in 2013.