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Circular economy. How is Hera ranked?

In 2017 the European Union approved a package of measures for the transition towards a circular economy, that sets 3 goals for urban waste. With only 7% of waste going to landfill, the area served by Hera has reached the target almost 15 years ahead of schedule, making it a leading European example of efficient waste collection. Landfill usage in Italy as a whole, though, runs high and exceeds the European average of 28%.

The EUís packaging waste target is to achieve a recycle rate of 65% by 2025. A further target has been set for 2030: 70%.

Hera has already reached the 2030 goal thanks to separated waste collection amounts above the national average and to high recycling rates, especially for paper.

An overall urban waste recycling rate of 55% is the target for 2025.

Further goals have been set for 2030 (60%) and 2035 (65%). Hera's results are close to the target and higher than the national average. 2025 objective has been achieved for glass and wood.

Circular economy. How is Hera ranked?


In 2017, Hera recycled 48% of the green, paper, organic, glass, plastic, wood, iron and metal present in urban waste.

The remaining 52% consists of:

  • materials that have not yet been separated (44%)
  • foreign material present in the separated waste that it was not possible to recycle, a part of green waste used to produce energy and a part of plastic that is difficult to recycle that, when possible, was used to produce energy (8%).
Kg per capita recycled224230 (+3%)