The separate collection of paper and cardboard recorded an important increase of over 3% and, as explained by Comieco, during the presentation of the 22nd Annual Report in Bari, growth will consolidate more and more.
From the beginning in the late 90s the Italians of paper and cardboard recycling managed to achieve excellent results. The volumes of recyclable material collected have tripled (from 1 to over 3 million tonnes per year) thus managing to avoid the disposal in landfills of over 45 million tons of cellulose waste.
“No less than 600 thousand tons of paper and cardboard are still to be intercepted”, underlines Carlo Montalbetti, Director General of Comieco.The investments made by Comieco in order to develop supports necessary for separate waste collection (€ 1.4 billion paid to municipalities) must not cease. North and Central Italy, now mature, will have to be placed in the background by focusing on the paths of the South and the Islands where, however, excellent results are highlighted. (8.6% growth rate and 32 kg per capita).

The “gold-plating”: a real weight

Precise and clear rules would allow companies to do business in a sustainable way and with development prospects. The legislator must be informed in order to propose regulatory measures in line with the needs of the paper industry. In fact, Assocarta constantly commits itself, following step by step, to the introduction of regulations concerning environmental legislation which, however, are almost always drafted at European level. You are wondering now: but in the end what is gold-plating? Well it is a tendency to weigh down the community dictates with further obligations for Italian companies. This action slows down the economic recovery and does not facilitate the collection of tons in the Belpaese. Not to mention that it is always on the verge of legality.

A sector with a high risk of relocation

Directive 2003/87/CE (c.d. Emissions Trading Scheme) regulates the paper sector since 2005 and has imposed a system for the exchange of greenhouse gas emission quotas among energy-intensive sectors. In this period the rules for the coming years are under discussion (from 2021 to 2030) but conditioned by the introduction of Legislative Decree 30 of March 2013 which provides for a new centralized allocation system that will penalize the paper mills. The paper sector risks a strong delocalization but surely many industrial associations will assist companies in order to draw up a correct guideline for monitoring emissions by avoiding sanctions and / or measures.

And Cartiera Fornaci what role does it play?

As always, we keep an eye on the future, on landscapes and trends, but at the same time we want to be concrete and interpret (without ingenuity) the positive signals that the market makes available to us. Because these signs are there and are not seen only in the collection of differentiated waste.
The paper industry, exhausted by a very severe crisis for six years, begins to see the light after a dark and (seemingly) endless tunnel. Only paper mills with greater financial strength and a more flexible structure were able to withstand the various repercussions and now they can breathe lighter air. Today, paradoxically, the demand exceeds the offer, but we must maintain control and know how to organize the best. The opening of new plants is expected in 2018 and a strong increase in exports.

Precisely for this reason Cartiera Fornaci will continue to focus on what has always distinguished it and which has proven to be the winning card (in the true sense of the word): industrial service, but with craftsmanship, implementation of new technologies and straightforward antennas for intercept the opportunities arising from apparent problems.

In short, even for 2018 we take up the challenge.