Milan schools vie for waste prize

November dedicated to recycling

Primary schools in all of Milan’s nine boroughs will compete for €50,000 in prize money by recycling paper and cardboard throughout the month of November.

City hall, waste management authority AMSA and Comeico, the national consortium for collection and recycling of cellulose waste, have announced the competition, aimed at educating the youngest schoolkids in the value of waste material which so often gets ignored.

The competiton will involve the over 1.3 m residents in a race to beat the October collection figures. The “champions” will win €25,000, and the runners-up €15,000 and €10,000, offered by Comieco.

The prize money will be dedicated to the schools in the winning municipio.

Comieco will also appoint nine “recycling angels”, one in each municipio, to decide and launch the best solution for each area to help residents, schools and associations learn how to contribute to the virtuous circle of waste management.

Milan is already the leader among Italy’s cities with over a million residents, said Comieco manager Carlo Montalbetti. “We are hoping for non just a confirmation of this first place, but a leap forward towards the goal of 65 kg per inhabitant.”

And Milan city hall will distribute 5,000 special bins for paper and cardboard collection to be placed in every classroom of Milan’s primary and secondary schools. AMSA stated that the previous edition of the “Cartoniadi” competition produced a jump of 2,000 more tons of recyclable waste than the month before.

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