August 16, 2016
The Italian trade association met with the Italian government’s environment ministry to discuss toner cartridge remanufacturing and recycling.
Giovanni Ravelli, President of ARTI-Italia, told The Recycler that he met with the “management that handles the waste to the environment minister in Rome”, and that the association asked to “discuss the problem that considers the empty cartridges as special waste transport, for which special vehicles are required”. This increases the price of reusable empties, and varies with the rest of Europe, “where conditions are different and there are simpler rules”.
After ARTI-Italia made a presentation at the meeting in July, it also looked to explain the “general criteria of toner remanufacture”, and “strongly emphasis[e] that the perception of an empty cartridge must not be confused with that of waste, nor with that of a product to be recycled, but as a subject first to second almost totally reusable and sellable in the market system”.
The officials Ravelli spoke to suggested the National Environmental Management Association as another department to talk to, while another topic discussed “related to micro-collection of used cartridges at retail outlets”. This is “not permitted by law” in Italy, though the environmental ministry has “initiated a bill for the management of eco-box stores”, and such stores could achieve classification by becoming points of “preliminary storage”.
ARTI-Italia thanked the ministry for its “willingness to engage in a substantive discussion of the proposal”, and the ministry asked the association to “gather information on what is already in place in other countries” in regards to the WEEE Directive, which has yet to be implemented in Italian law. On talking to the National Environmental Management Association, Ravelli noted that there will be “a subsequent exchange of email communications to locate new legislation”.
He concluded by noting that “our wish is to be able to finally have a single European legislation enabling the recycler to be able to continue with their green economy activity in each of our companies”.
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