Comieco is the National Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Cellulose-based Packaging. Its members are mainly: paper manufacturers, importers of paper and board packaging, recycling companies. The Consortium manages voluntarily every stage of the process that recovers and recycles paper and board collected as a whole and not only packaging waste. In order to manage the collection and the recycling, Comieco signs agreements with the local authorities and collectors.
Comieco was founded in 1985 as a voluntary association of paper manufacturing companies sharing an ethical environmental code. In 1997 – in complain with the Italian law (D.Lgs. n. 22/97modified by D.Lgs. n. 152/06) – Comieco became the National Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Cellulose-based Packaging. The Comieco headquarters are based in Milan and the Comieco branch is in Rome.
In 2011, Comieco started internet-based tenders to recycle mixed paper and cartonboard. Paper mills, paper recovery plants and traders are allowed to participate, after an approval procedure.
Comieco has approximately 3,400 members, including packaging paper and board manufacturers and importers, processors, packaging importers, and recovered paper processing plants.
Apparent paper and board packaging consumption: 4.3 million t Recycled paper and board packaging: 3.4 million t Estimated paper and board packaging consumption in Italy: 71 kg/inhab/year
Recycling And Recovery
Targets met by Comieco: Recovery:91.9% Recycling:84.4%
Separate paper and board collection in Italy: over 3 million t Each Italian citizen collected separately approximately 48.9 kg of paper and board through the household collection system. Total recovered paper collection in Italy (from households and industries): 6.3 million t, i.e. 100 kg/inhab/year
Industrial Use of Recovered Paper
Recovered paper consumption in Italian paper mills: over4,6 million t for a 54% usage rate