waste - A.M.A. Roma
Consorzio Olgiata
handbook for households
Door-to-door
Selective Waste
Collection
A solution to a big problem of modern times.
Waste production is increasing exponentially and must be
handled in such a way as to respect the environment,
reduce disposal costs and recycle valuable materials.
As is widely known, Rome is one of the European cities
with the largest production of waste: almost 2 million tons
a year. Ever since 2005, when an ad hoc Municipal
Regulation made it mandatory to conform to selective
waste disposal procedures, fines of up to 619 Euros may
be applied to anybody not complying with the rules.
In order to significantly increase the amount of materials
recycled, AMA is now extending its integrated door-to-door
collection service, which has already been partially tested
in other districts of the city of Rome, achieving a high level
of satisfaction among users and relevant results showing
that over 60% of the waste is collected through selective
waste disposal methods.
What’s new:
food waste
collection
Over 30% of the household waste produced daily
consists of food and vegetable waste.
Thanks to the door-to-door waste collection service, it
will be possible to also separate this type of waste
converting it into compost, a natural fertilizer also used
in organic agriculture.
In order to facilitate this important food and organic
selective waste collection service, AMA delivers the
special containers free of charge. The collection is
guaranteed by AMA according to a schedule jointly
agreed with the Consorzio Olgiata.
What’s new:
the selective
waste collection of
other types of refuse
Thanks to the new waste collection system based on the
special bags specifically delivered by AMA, the correct
disposal of all other types of refuse will become even
simpler: paper and cardboard; glass, plastic and metal
containers;. non-recyclable materials.
On the basis of the specific features of your dwelling
(multi-unit dwelling, "island" or cluster of dwellings,
detached houses), household waste, after being
carefully separated into dedicated
bags, will have to be dropped
into the metal-wire sack
holders in the collective
pick-up sites or in
single trap-doors.
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General
recommendations
Diminish the production of waste
Purchase products with reduced or reusable packaging or
made of recycled or recyclable materials.
Recyclable packaging can be identified through the following
acronyms:
• CA for paper and cardboard
• PE, PET, PVC, PP, PS for plastic
• FE, ACC, AL, for materials of iron, steel and aluminium
Selective waste disposal
Instructions for use
Glass, plastic and metal packaging
The glass, plastic or metal packaging that is designated for
selective collection exclusively refer to the packaging,i.e.
the containers and packages created ad hoc for the
distribution and/or transport of products, such as for example:
bottles, cans, bags, vials, trays, cellophane film, etc.
Objects that are not used as containers and/or for the
packaging of products are not designated for
selective waste collection; for example: vases, basins,
plastic plates, glasses or cutlery, toys, etc.
Separate and downsize
Before throwing away the packaging:
• separate the different components as far as possible
• rinse the glass, plastic and metal containers
• reduce the size of plastic and cardboard containers.
Remember
Bulky, hazardous or “particular” waste should be disposed
of in special containers or dropped off at the Collection
Centres and authorized sites (see pages 11, 12 and 13).
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IN BRIEF
AMA assigns to users ad hoc containers for selective waste
disposal: bio-waste bins, bags, bins, wire frame sack
holders.
The containers assigned must be kept inside the building
premises designated by AMA.
Waste collection and drop-off methods are indicated in the
schedules provided by AMA.
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Food
and organic
waste
In order to facilitate the new selective waste collection of
food and organic waste, AMA provides each household with
a free Start-up Kit, containing: an aerated bio-waste bin and
a year-long supply of paper bags.
Yes:
- left-over food, fruit and vegetables, egg shells, coffee
grounds, tea bags, bread
- leaves and flowers
- paper towel, napkins and handkerchiefs
- food-stained paper and cardboard.
The bio-waste bin
and the paper
bags
Thanks to the bio-waste bin and to the paper bags provided by
AMA, disposal of food waste is simple and effective.
The bags, produced with paper recycled through selective waste
management, have an excellent level of transpiration.
The presence of oxygen accelerates the drying of waste and
assures its decay without producing bad smells.
Some practical advice:
• always place the cardboard base contained inside at the
bottom of the bag in order to make it more resistant and
leak-proof
How:
• always drain the organic waste before dropping it into the
bag
- introduce the paper bag in the bio-waste bin
- drop the bag into the special container specifically
supplied by AMA for the disposal of food and organic
waste.
• do not press the refuse and shred the bulkier waste into
small pieces; this is the best way of maximising the bag’s
capacity and of facilitating the circulation of air
No:
• dispose of food-stained paper towel and paper napkins in
the bag; they will facilitate the absorption of possible
excess liquid.
- glass, plastic, food packaging like food trays, cans,
packaging nets, bags, cellophane, etc.
- plastic plates, glasses and cutlery
- generic waste and liquid waste.
In Rome:
In 2009, AMA collected 43,927
tons of food and organic waste.
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By following these simple rules:
• you avoid bad smells and leakages
• you simplify both household waste
disposal and collection
• you contribute to the quality of the
compost, a natural fertilizer also used in
organic agriculture, produced at
AMA’s Maccarese plant.
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Paper, cardboard,
and card stock
Glass, plastic and
metal containers
Yes:
Yes:
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- fold and compact cardboard
- remove any eventual plastic wrapping or plastic bag
- rinse and crush juice cartons.
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No:
How:
-
- empty out and rinse bottles and containers
- crush plastic bottles and containers.
paper, cardboard and card stock packaging
newspapers, magazines, notebooks
brochures, leaflets, posters
juice cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak).
How:
plastic plates, glasses and cutlery
plastic bags or sachets
card or cardboard soiled with food or other substances
plasticized or wax paper.
In Rome:
In 2009, AMA recycled 198,337 tons of
paper, cardboard and card stock.
glass bottles, containers and jars
plastic bottles, containers and jars
plastic bags and sachets
soft drink cans
aluminium trays and foil
metal food cans
metal screw tops and crown caps
spray cans
polystyrene shells and rods.
No:
- plastic plates, glasses and cutlery
- glass, plastic or metal items other than containers
(toys, electric devices, plate glass, etc.)
- porcelain and ceramic ware
- light bulbs and neon lamps
- paint or solvent containers marked T and/or F (Toxic or
Flammable).
In Rome:
In 2009, AMA recycled 64,810 tons of
glass, plastic and metal containers.
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Non-recyclable
materials
Yes:
- all non-recyclable materials
- paper and cardboard wet or soiled with food and/or
other substances
- plasticized or wax paper
- non-recyclable plastic items: toys, plates, glasses and
cutlery
- diapers and sanitary towels.
How:
- downsize the waste as far as possible
- dispose of the waste in a well-sealed bag.
No:
- recyclable materials (food waste, glass, plastic, metal
and paper materials)
- liquids
- improper or hazardous materials
- exhausted batteries and car batteries
- toxic substances
- rubble, tyres
- bulky items, even if disassembled
- electrical and electronic equipment.
In Rome:
In 2009, AMA collected 1.418.708 tons of
non-recyclabe waste.
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“Particular”
waste
Due to their “particular” characteristics, some waste
materials should be disposed off separately.
Exhausted batteries
In the ad hoc containers found at City Halls, schools, the
neighbourhood AMA offices and some selective shops.
Expired medicines
In the white containers found at pharmacies, at the ASLs
(Azienda Sanitaria Locale) and neighbourhood AMA offices.
Printer consumables
Toner cartridges, printer ribbons, photocopier drums, etc.
should be dropped off at Collection Centres and at AMA’s
area offices.
Lead-acid car batteries
These should be disposed of by the garage replacing the
battery. In case of do-it-yourself replacements, , they should
be taken to the Collection Centres or to AMA’s area offices.
Paint and solvent containers
Paint and solvent containers marked T and/or F (Toxic
and/or Flammable) must be dropped off at the Collection
Centres.
Vegetable oils
Vegetable cooking oils must be dropped at the Collection
Centres.
Used clothes and fashion accessories
They are to be dropped into the ad hoc yellow street
containers.
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Bulky items and
WEEE
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Collection
Centres
(Waste from Electrical & Electronic Equipment)
Bulky waste
Furniture, bed springs, mattresses and other bulky items that
are no longer used should be disposed of correctly:
- at the Collection Centres
- during special free Sunday pick-ups
- through the Riciclacasa household pick-up service.
Collection Centres
These are fully equipped facilities where it is possible to
deposit, free of charge:
- bulky items
- WEEE (waste electrical and electronic)
- “particular” waste materials
- recyclable materials, but in large quantities.
WEEE
Also waste from electrical and electronic equipment like:
electrical household appliances, computers, television sets,
printers, cell phones, etc. should be disposed of correctly:
- at the Collection Centres
- during special free Sunday pick-ups
- through the Riciclacasa household pick-up service.
In these facilities, waste materials are separated and sorted
for recycling. Access is only allowed to private individuals
driving their own vehicles comprehensively weighing less
than 3500 Kg.
For information on their exact location, working hours and
the type of materials accepted, call the Toll-free number:
AMA 800 867 035 or the call centre of the City Hall of
Rome: 060606 or access: www.amaroma.it.
Special Sunday pick-ups
Over the last 10 years, AMA has been organizing, on many
Sundays throughout the year, a special free pick-up service
for waste materials destined for the Collection Centres.
“Riciclacasa”
This is the household pick-up service on payment for bulky
items. Prices vary according to the quantity of waste to
dispose of and the type of pick-up service required: on the
household’s doorstep or at the roadside. In order to request
the service, please call 060606 and make an appointment
with the operator.
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Adhesive bandages (e.g. Band-Aids,
Elestoplast, etc.)
Air conditioners
Aluminium (trays, foil)
Armchairs
The following is a practical reminder for correct
selective waste disposal.
• The most common types of materials and items are
listed in alphabetical order.
• Alongside every item there is a little coloured box.
• Every colour indicates the correct place where to
correctly dispose of different items:
- bio-waste bins, bins, wire-frame sack holders,
street containers
- Collection Centres (where materials are separated
and sorted for recycling).
• Carefully consult the colour legend.
Colour legend
Container for used
clothes
Container for food and
organic waste
Container for
non-recyclable materials
Container for paper,
cardboard and card stock
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Container for
expired medicines
Container for
exhausted batteries
+
-
Container for glass,
plastic and metal
+
Collection Centres
A
B
C
B
Backpacks
Ball-point pens
Basins
Bathroom and kitchen fittings
Bed springs
Bicycles
Biscuits or cookies
Blankets
Bones
Books
Branches and garden waste
Bread and pasta
Bricks
Brochures and leaflets
Bulbs (halogens, neon and fluorescent tubes)
Bulky items (furniture, bed springs,
mattresses, etc.)
Buttons
C
Can openers
Cans of tomatoes, tuna, etc.
Car batteries
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Containers of personal hygiene products
Corrugated cardboard
Costume jewellery
Cotton balls
Cotton swabs
Cotton wool
Crates, soiled or greasy
Crystal glasses
Crystal (glasses, carafes and objects of any sort)
D
E
F
G
H
D
Diapers and sanitary pads
Disposable contact lense blister packs, empty
Disposable tablet blister packs, empty
Dolls and small non-electric toys
Doormats
Drawing paper
DVD (including their hard plastic cases)
E
+
-
Cardboard folders (with no rings)
Cardboard fruit crate (broken in pieces)
Cardboard and paperboard boxes
Carpets, curtains, upholstery
Cartons for milk, fruit juice, etc.
Cartons for juices (e.g. Tetra Pak)
Cartridges for printers
Cash receipts
Cassettes, audio and video
CDs (including their hard plastic cases)
Cellophane tape or film
Cellular phones and battery-chargers
Cellular phone batteries
Ceramic and porcelain ware
Ceramic or porcelain cups
Ceramic ware, broken in pieces
Chairs
Cheese and cold meats
Cigar and cigarette butts
Cigarette butts and ashes
Clocks and watches
Clothes horses
Clothing (clothes and accessories)
Coffee
Coffee grounds or tea leaves
Coffee or tea pods
Coffee packages
Corks
Computers and computer components
(keyboard, mouse, etc.)
+
Eggs
Electric cables
Electronic equipment (TV, PC, stereo, etc.)
Electric household appliances, large or small
Excrements of small domestic animals (litters)
Exhausted batteries
Expired food (no containers)
Expired medicines
Eyewear
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F
I
Fabrics
Fans
Fireplace ashes
Fish
Fishbones
Floppy disks
Foam rubber
Food leftovers
Food leftovers (cooked and uncooked)
Food trays
Frames
Fruit cores
Fruit (leftovers, peels)
Fruit peels and leftovers
Fruit stones
Furniture
Incandescent light bulbs
Ink pads
Insecticides (containers)
Irons
Laundry pegs
Leaves and flowers
Leftovers (cooked or uncooked)
Lids of food jars
Lighters
Litters of small domestic animals
Luggage
G
M
Garden waste (from mowing, pruning, etc.)
Glass demijohns
Glass jars
Glass, plastic and metal jars
Magazines
Magnets
Mattresses
Meat leftovers
Metal or plastic caps
Mirrors
Mosquito nets
H
Hair brushes
Hair dryers
Helmet (for motorcycles, bicycles, etc.)
Hand-bags made of leather/fabric/nylon
Hangers
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K
Kitchen towel
L
I
K
L
M
N
O
P
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N
Neon tubes
Newspapers and magazines
Notebooks
Nuts and bolts (screws, nails, etc.)
O
Ovens (electrical, microwave, etc.)
P
Paints and solvents (containers)
Paper and/or cardboard diaries
Paper bags
Paper bags, envelopes and printouts
Paper brochures
Paper clips or hair pins
Paper food wraps (for cheese or cold meats)
Paper, ungreasy and dry
Paper wrappings (for snacks, sugar, etc.)
Pencils
Pens and felt-tip pens
Phone cards and magnetic stripe cards
Photographs and photographic film
Plant trimmings
Plasters
Plastic bags
Plastic bottles (detergents, shampoo, etc.)
Plastic bottles and vials
Plastic cutlery
Plastic detergent containers
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Plastic dishes
Plastic glasses
Plasticized paper
Polystyrene foam (for food and packaging)
Pots and pans
Printers
R
Rags, clean
Razors
Razor blades
Refrigerators
R
S
T
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S
Sanitary napkins
Sanitary ware (wash basins, bidets, etc.)
Scales (for food or for persons)
Shells (eggs, mussels, clams)
Shelves
Shelves and shelving
Shoes and boots
Skis
Sofas
Soft drink and oil cans
Soiled paper
Soiled paper napkins
Sponges
Spray cans
Stain removers and solvents
Staplers
Stockings and tights
Stuffed animal toys
Syringes (with needle well covered)
Tools (e.g. screw-driver, pliers, etc.)
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste tubes, empty
Topless glass bottles
Toys
Toys, large-sized or electrical
U
Umbrellas
Used clothes
U
V
T
Tape (adhesive, for packaging)
Teas and herbal teas
Television sets and remote controls
Telephones
Tetra Pak (e.g. milk carton)
Thermometers
Tin foil tops of yogurt containers
Toner in ribbons, printer and photocopier
cartridges
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V
W
Vacuum cleaners
Vacuum cleaner bags
Vases made of ceramic, pottery, plastic, crystal
VCRs (Video Cassette Recorders)
Vegetable cooking oils
Videocassettes
Wall-to-wall carpeting
Wardrobes and furniture doors
Washing machines and dishwashers
Wax paper
Window or door frames
Window panes, broken or in plates
Wooden fruit crate (broken in pieces)
Wrapping paper
Y
Yogurt containers
W
Y
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The recycling of selectively
collected materials
food and
organic
waste
Thanks to selective waste collection, all waste materials are recycled
into new resources and into items that everybody can use. Here’s how.
High-quality compost
Composting plant
The agricultural fertilizer produced in AMA’s plant is certified
with the quality trademark of the CIC (Consorzio Italiano Compostatori).
The waste collected is sent to AMA’s Maccarese composting
plant.
nonrecyclable
materials
Glass,
plastic and
metal
containers
The RU (Municipal Waste)
selection and processing
plant
Non-recyclable materials are sent to the municipal waste selection
and processing plants. AMA disposes of two such plants:
AMA 2 in Rocca Cencia and Salario.
RDF (Refuse-Derived Fuel)
Energy
SOF (Stabilized Organic Fraction)
Potting compost
The “dry” fraction is converted into refuse-derived fuel
for energy recovery; the “wet” fraction is treated to produce
potting compost in landfill sites.
Coreve*
Corepla*
Multi-material selection
plant
- glassworks
- plastic manufacturing
industry
Cial* - metallurgical industry
Cna* - metallurgical industry
The materials collected are separated in the selection plants.
AMA has two such plants:
AMA 1 in Rocca Cencia and Laurentino.
New glass containers,
new products, textiles
New metal products
The separated materials are sent to the Supply Chain Consortia*
Comieco* Platform
Paper
cardboard
card stock
Fertilizer for agricultural use
Paper mills
The paper collected is transferred to the Comieco* Platform
New paper, cardboard
and card stock
From the Comieco Platform it is then sent to paper mills where
new paper is produced.
* Supply Chain Consortia:
COMIECO
COREVE
COREPLA
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Consorzio Nazionale Recupero e Riciclo degli Imballaggi a base Cellulosica
Consorzio Recupero Vetro
Consorzio Nazionale per la Raccolta, il Riciclaggio ed il Recupero di Rifiuti di Imballaggi in plastica
CIAL
CNA
Consorzio Imballaggi Alluminio
Consorzio Nazionale per il Recupero e il Riciclo degli Imballaggi in Acciaio
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non-recyclable materials
do not throw in liquid waste and recyclable materials,
collect the waste in a well-sealed bag
glass, plastic and
metal containers
printed on recycled paper
do not throw in glass, plastic, food packaging,
generic waste, liquid waste
developed with the contribution of
food and organic waste
paper, cardboard,
card stock
do not throw in soiled paper
downsize and compact packaging materials
www.amaroma.it
AMA’s Toll-free number
800 867 035
dispose of properly after use
do not throw in plastic plates, glasses and cutlery, sundry items
(toys, pans, basins, etc.) empty out the containers, crush plastic bottles
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