Comieco

Comieco operates consistently with the purposes of the European policy and manages its activities in order to ensure their relevance with respect to waste prevention; packaging design, production, and distribution; and packaging consumption and use. Comieco joins the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation in the struggle against food waste.

Packaging, particularly in the food sector, provides the best protection and ensures the preservation of foodstuffs. It should be noted that packaging is not only necessary for transport, and its function does not end with the product being stored in the home fridge.

Food packaging plays a crucial, often underestimated or misunderstood role: most consumers, in fact, adopt ineffective food preservation strategies, potentially harmful to the product's extended life. While it is a priority for consumers to preserve the freshness of the purchased foodstuffs as long as possible, most home behaviours result into the opposite.

Educating to proper packaging use and to resource valorization while preventing waste is a must that can no longer be postponed.

Comieco was established in 1985 on a voluntary basis as the 'Committee for ecological packaging'upon initiative of a group of private entrepreneurs in the paper manufacturing and processing sector. With the implementation of directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste in Italy by Legislative Decree 22/97, Comieco became the National Consortium for Recovery and Recycling of paper and board packaging and its articles of association were approved by the Ministerial Decree of July 15, 1998.

The main purpose of the Consortium is to achieve the recovery and recycling targets for paper and board packaging waste on the Italian market. In 2006, within the framework of a general review of environmental rules, the Ronchi decree was superseded and repealed with Legislative Decree 152/2006 (the so-called General Environmental Law), which left the existing legal framework on packaging basically unchanged.

Through the virtuous cycle involving the paper supply chain, institutions, companies, and citizens, significant recycling results were achieved in the past few years, far above the targets set by the Italian law.
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