Kitchen waste collection extended

After a successful start in Milan’s south-west quadrant, collection of “umido” kitchen waste is now being rolled out to the south-east quadrant, covering half of the city.
 
City administrators were delighted with the experimental start-up last November. Environment councillor Pierfrancesco Maran told reporters: “The excellent results of the first phase of the kitchen waste collection show that best practice and involving residents really can help transform Milan into a sustainable city.  And the quality of the refuse collected has shown that the Milanesi appreciate the importance and the environmental value of the operation.”
 
Households kits and collection bins for condos are already being distributed, together with detailed instruction leaflets on what – and what not – to put in the rubbish bins.  The bins should not be used for cigarette-ends, liquids, food packaging, oil, household cleaning products or chemicals, or for plastics which have not been certified as compostable. Instead, they are to be used for fruit, vegetable, meat and fish waste, food past its sell-by date (but without packaging), coffee grinds and tea-leaves, used paper napkins and handkerchiefs and flowers and leaves.
 
The bins – and the brown colour-coded bags to put in them – have been designed to prevent smells and leakage, says city environmental agency AMSA, which carries out the collection.
 
Once residents have got used to the differentiated waste rules, using the bins correctly will become obligatory from 24 June.  The new area concerned will include all of Zone 4 and parts of Zones 1, 3 and 5.  By then, some 170, 000 families will be taking part in the scheme, which will be extended to cover the whole city in 2014.
 
Full details, including a map showing which areas are covered by the new roll-out, are available in English on the AMSA website.

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