“Virtuous” Cinisello sees refuse tax reduced

TARI tax down by 5 per cent.

Residents of Milan’s northern suburb of Cinisello Balsamo have seen their efforts rewarded as differentiated waste disposal brings a saving in taxes.

Correctly sorted waste accounts for 54 per cent of the total, and local officials say they expect to reach 60 per cent during the current accounting term. This has brought the total cost of waste management down from €10.5m in 2014 to €10.2m in 2015 and a projected €9.6m this year.

Residents have been rewarded for their efforts with a 5 per cent reduction in the TARI rubbish collection tax.

But the advantages of “virtuous” waste disposal haven’t finished here. The savings have also enabled the municipality – part of Milan Metropolitan Area – to invest in new, quieter vacuum trucks for collecting dead leaves and other trash, a new street-sweeper truck, 34 new groups of colour-coded waste bins and 60 bins for dead batteries, and seven more staff.

And in line with the new national law forbidding throwing away cigarette ends, these bins have been fitted with ashtray lids.