Expo to recycle 70 per cent of trash

17,000 tons expected.

Milan’s Expo 2015 is expected to produce some 170,000 tons of rubbish – that’s up to 80 tons on weekdays and 130 tons on weekends – during its six-month celebration, and up to 70 per cent of this is to be recycled.

The statistics were presented by the director general of the Sales and Entertainment division, Piero Galli, announcing the contract with national packaging consortium Conai.

This will be a higher fraction than in any other major European city,” Galli claimed.

Expo management also aims to recover some 40 per cent of the leftovers from the 27 million meals expected to be served, even allowing for safety and hygiene rules.

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With the help of the city’s environmental agency AMSA, counters will be displayed showing the saving in carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the tonnage of refuse recovered and recycled. Savings in water use and energy will also be plotted.

Conai is also preparing videos in Italian and English explaining how to differentiate waste into five main categories: glass, paper, metals, plastic and organic. The recycled packaging material is expected to produce 30 benches to be installed in the fairgrounds.

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