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Recycling matrasses: “in Italy obstructed by rigid and confused laws”

09/03/2019 16:40
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San Miniato (Pisa), 9 March 2019 – To reduce the impact of the Italian industry we must enforce stronger political actions for the recycling and reuse of materials. A necessary objective which entails investments in new technologies to tackle the challenges ahead, but “made impossible in Italy by the current rigidity and ambiguity of the laws”. Recycling and regeneration entail a cultural revolution, but all of the scientific studies confirm that the recycled materials are not just of a higher quality, they are also cheaper to make and process, both for the producers and the final users. Luca Querci, managing director of Cormatex, explained it all in the final day of conferences of the 15th International Forum for environmental journalism organized by Greenaccord and the Region of Tuscany in San Miniato.

“We must increase investments in the development of technologies which can allow us to convert waste into new products. We think of matrasses, fabrics, wood, tires: there are materials with little value which used to be tossed in the dumpster, but today can be reused and returned to the market”. Querci brought the example of the Italian business of matrasses, 5 million of which end up in the dumpster every year, 100thousand of metric tons a year, causing the emission of more than 148thousand tons of CO2. “We collect them, we separate the different components and produce materials for different uses, like thermic and acoustic isolation to increase energetic efficiency in construction, or for the production of furniture, like sofas and lounge chairs”. From a legislative standpoint, “in Italy we are far behind because it is hard to recycle certain materials and put them to new use with the current rigid and often confusing regulations”.

The Greenaccord Forum closed with the remarks and stories of some of the journalists attending, who report on environmental issues: Michelle Soto Mendéz (Costarica), The LatinClima project for South American Journalist, Massimiliano Pontillo, eco-Media Report 2018, Zilia Castrillion, Colombia, Keja Acharja, The Environmental future of India, Amira Armenta, The Sory of the Hambach forest in Germany, Kaarina Rugiero, Community action in support of the Climate Emergency Plan.