Key Facts

  • Florence is the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is twinned under the EWIT project with Johannesburg in South Africa.

  • Florence will be hosting key stakeholders from Johannesburg in the the second round of the Twin City Workshops from 16th to 18th of May 2016. The objective of this workshop will be to contribute towards the development of a Master Plan for E-waste management in Johannesburg.

  • The EWIT project consortium includes the City of Florence, and overall project management responsibility for the EWIT project is held by the Italian company Remedia.

Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Historical Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

The municipal area extends over 102.41 kmq and hosts 378.174 inhabitants (Dicember 2015), while within the historical center (4 km2) live above 41.000 people (11,5% of the whole population).

The City of Florence set up a garbage collection and treatment system operated by its controlled company Quadrifoglio S.p.A.. Quadrifoglio collects E-Waste through different modes:

  • 1)  Waste collection centers
  • 2)  On call collection services: Bulky wastes
  • 3)  One-for-one & One-for-zero at retailers
  • 4)  Micro-collection “Ecostage & Ecovan”: small E-Waste separate collection through the conferral in a network of collection points displaced on the territory

Florence in 2015 collected 5,95 kg per capita of E-Waste.

The following data regarding E-waste management were identified as part of the EWIT project.  The data are derived from a range of sources.  Due to the difficulty in obtaining quantified data, much of the tonnage data are based on imprecise estimates.

To compare the data for different cities against each other you can use the ‘compare’ function on the main Cities page

Country Italy
City Florence (Italy)
Current Population of the city 377,507
In which year was the population data collected? 2015
Quantity of municipal solid waste generated annually? (t/yr) 238,989
Quantity of E-Waste generated from households annually? (t/yr) -
Quantity of E-Waste collected from households annually? (t/yr) 1,236
Year of the above data 2014
Collection Stations 7
Active landfills 3
Active Dumps 0
Closed landfills and closed dumps 3
Dismantling Facilities 0
Repair & Refurbish Facilities 2
Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) 0
Other facilities
Does the national government have an agency mandated to enforce solid waste including E-Waste laws and regulations? 0
Does the city have a department dedicated to solid waste including E-Waste management? Environment Directorate - City of Florence
Does the city have a unit enforcing solid waste including E-Waste issues in the city? 0
Does the city have its own solid waste management including E-Waste rules? No
List of international partners and NGOs currently working with the city and briefly describe each project nil
Is there a national law governing solid waste including E-Waste management in the country? Legislative Decree 49/2014; Decree 185/2007, 65/2010, 8/2008
Who is mandated to collect, transfer and dispose of E-Waste Municipality
Does the city have solid waste including E-Waste management rules and regulations? Yes
Does the city have a solid waste including E-Waste master plan? No
Provide a list of channels through which the city communicates with its residents on solid waste management issues (eg. website, newsletter, radio, social media, etc …). Also indicate how often each channel is used website, door to door communication, brochure, public meetings
What are the key messages or information provided to the public ? (eg. education on littering, source separation or waste reduction etc.) Education on separate collection and waste reduction through composting and control waste delivery system
Provide a list of channels through which the city collects feedback from it residents on issues related to solid waste services. (eg. Annual surveys, dedicated telephone line, Mobile phone Applications, social media, etc …) dedicated telephone line, website forum, mobile phone application "trash cube"
Provide a summary of key solid waste information made periodically available to the public (eg. Annual budget, waste collection coverage rates, recycling rate, etc..) Separate collectione rate, Sustainability report, annual budget
Does the city have a contract with one or more private firms for waste management? Yes
Does the contract cover waste collection? Yes
Does the contract cover waste transport Yes
Does the contract cover waste disposal Yes

Florence has the following key priorities for waste in the city:

  • *  Increased separation of waste into recyclable and non-recyclables at source.
  • *  Increasing household awareness on e-waste consumption, waste minimization, recycling and disposal to encourage behaviour change and grow e-waste collection volumes
  • *  Stimulate the development of smart E-waste tracking systems in order to better understand E-waste material flow along the value chain.
  • *  Creating synergies with the local administrative entities in order to expand the e-waste micro-collection network

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