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Separate waste collection in Bologna's city centre

During 2016, Hera continued to implement the city centre separate waste collection project, consisting in the construction of mini underground drop-off points for glass and organic waste, and simultaneously starting door-to-door separate waste collection district by district, and other collateral actions such as custom collection for businesses, separately collecting crates (wood and plastic), plastic packaging, paper non-separated waste and to upgrade existing underground drop-off points for disposal of cardboard and non-separated waste.

This project, started in late 2014 with the former San Vitale neighbourhood, continued in June 2015 in the Porto neighbourhood. Both districts have gone fully operational during 2015.

The time required to build the underground drop-off points, is mainly determined by demanding requirements set by the Archaeological Superintendence, due to the need for continuous stratigraphic surveys and the relevant restrictions related to underground utilities.

Specifically, the plan for 2016 suffered heavy delays because the project (3rd portion mini drop-off points and 3rd portion upgrade of large underground drop-off points) was subject to regional financing and therefore, before starting all the related activities, it had to wait for the completion of the authorisation process.

The results of the separate collection of previous years were confirmed, in particular in the neighbourhoods where underground drop-off points or bins for non-separate waste collection with mechanical lids are fully operational (Savena). The entire municipality reached 45.7% in 2016 compared to 44.8% in the previous year while the old-town changes from 42.1% of 2015 to 46.2% in the same period. In the Savena district, separate collection amounted to 59.9% (it was 57% in 2015). In the two districts of the old-town where the collection system is fully operational (mini underground drop-off points completed) separate collection doubled, reaching about 60%. Checks on the quality of the organic and glass waste continue to be encouraging, with percentages of compliant materials around 90%.

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