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The Open Chemical Engineering Journal is an Open Access journal that publishes research articles, reviews/mini-reviews, letters and guest-edited single topic issues in all areas of chemical engineering. The journal covers resources involved in the operation and design of chemical plants and equipment for the conversion of raw materials to various end products. Topics related to new chemical systems such as predictors of viruses, development of new advanced materials, sustainable chemical production and transition energy supplies to renewable sources are also covered in the journal's scope.

The Open Chemical Engineering Journal, a peer-reviewed journal, is an important and reliable source of current information on developments in the field. Emphasis is placed on publishing quality papers, making them freely available to researchers worldwide.

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Analysis of the Effect of Separate Collection on the Composition of Mixed Municipal Solid Waste in Italy

Paolo S. Calabrò, Domenica Pangallo

Separate collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) is mandatory in Italy, and an increasingly higher standard of efficiency is applied; in fact, the target value set by regulation is 65%.

In the last 20 years, separate collection efficiency increased from 9.4% with 80% national MSW landfilled, and only one region was over 25% separate collection to 58.1% with 22% national MSW landfilled and 12 of 20 regions over 55% separate collection. However, significant differences are present in the three Italian macro regions (North, Center and South).

This paper analyzes the composition of waste carried in most Italian regions to evaluate the effect of separate collection on the composition of mixed municipal solid waste (unsorted). Moreover, a regression analysis on the same data allows to assess this latter as a function of separate collection efficiency.

August 18, 2020

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