The fashion capital has become one of the most eco-friendly cities in Europe.
Recycling is the most fashionable trend in Milan, and it isn’t going away. The city, known for its fashion and architecture, may seem an unlikely place for green initiatives. It’s comprised of 1.3 million people, 94 street markets, and hundreds of restaurants. Yet, the city has launched many plans to make a greener town.
Placed as a series of laws in 2012, locals have been following a specific recycling routine. As a result, the fashion capital has become one of the most eco-friendly cities in Europe. The green practice begins with four different-colored bins: yellow for plastics, white for paper, green for glass, and a clear one for residual waste. The collection occurs on late evenings and early mornings. There are twenty locals in each neighborhood assigned to check for contamination in the bins. If they discover contamination or notice a bin shown at the wrong time, these agents can issue 50 Euro fines. Bins are also cleaned and disinfected by locals on a weekly basis. Daunted by this specific routine? The act of recycling also has a social aspect to the community as the residents of apartment complexes use the same bins for recycling. Thus, the entire complex is subject to fines for contamination. If you find yourself recycling with others, try to place your waste in the right bin, or face social shame.
Milan then transforms the waste for other useful roles. Placed into anaerobic digesters, food waste transforms into energy and compost. Organic waste is also used to power a plastic reprocessing plant.
Along with their recycling methods, the Milanese also like to incorporate the routine of appreciating mother nature. Here are two parks to take a stroll in while taking in the natural beauty of Milan: