Waste management in Venice is a task performed by Veritas, a multi-utility company set up in 2007 from the merger of several public companies of the municipalities of the province.
Veritas manages urban hygiene, the integrated water service, some collective services, and the production of energy from renewable sources. Here is how to follow recycling best practices in Venice.
Collecting Waste In Venice
Collecting waste in Venice has always raised problems, for which tailored solutions have been found.
The waste collectors have to walk pushing large carts and empty them into barges that are the local equivalent of trash trucks with compactors.
Teams of collectors and barges operate in the morning hours, from about 6 to about 10.
More problems arose when the necessity of recycling finally became compulsory.
Schedule Of Waste Collection
Veritas has figured out the best solution for such an uncommon city. While unrecyclable waste is collected every day except on Sundays and holidays; the remainder is collected according to this schedule:
- plastic, glass, and aluminum on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays;
- paper and cardboard on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
General waste must be in strong plastic bags, as well as plastic and the likes. Paper must go into paper bags!
Rules For Tossing Waste In Venice
Nothing should be left on the road. Waste bags must stay inside near the entrance door for collectors to take them. In the morning they ring once to have the gate open and pick the bags.
If you are staying in a single house and will not be there to let the collectors in, you should bring the bags yourselves to certain collection stations that fall within a ten-minute walk.
A whole page in English is dedicated to How to Recycle on Veritas SPA’s website, check it out if you want to make sure you are recycling properly.
Use the App!
Veritas also designed a useful app. In case you are not sure about where to bring your trash, it has a detailed list of items. It is called Scoasse, literally “waste” in the local language.
On the other hand, on the website, you also find information on where to dispose of what and on the collection stations in the six sestieri.
For the disposal of large or dangerous items, such as pieces of furniture, batteries, vegetable oil or small electric and electronic devices, you have to go to the “ecocentro“: a station-cum-barge near the vegetable market of Rialto. It is active every working day from 8 to 11 in the morning, and from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.
If you fail to sort your waste, leave bags in the streets or dump waste, you may be fined a minimum of €167.