Food waste recycling

1 350 680 (2014)
GDP per capita at purchasing power parity (PPP):
41 147.00US$ (2014)

The City of Milan started the door to door collection of organic (food) waste in some city areas in 2012. After 1.5 years, the service has been extended to all households in the city. Food waste is collected in special biodegradable bags and transferred to an anaerobic digestion plant which generates biogas and compost. Thanks to the high involvement of citizens, the current recycling rate of food waste in Milan is already above the EU target of 50% by 2020. That is why Milan is currently considered the international leader in organic waste collection and recycling. Also, in 2014, the City of Milan has pledged to develop its overall Food Policy on a five year term.