Legal basis

CONAI is a private system, created and designed by companies: with more than 1,200,000 members, between packaging producers and users, CONAI is one of the largest consortium in Europe. Its task is to manage the recycling and the recovery of packaging in all of Italy and to pursue the recycling and recovery objectives set by European legislation, first acknowledged in Italy by the Ronchi Decree (legislative Decree 22/97), which was replaced by the legislative Decree "Environment Regulations" in 2006 (legislative Decree 152/06).

The CONAI management was entrusted by law, on the basis of a unique model through which private effectively manage a matter of public interest: the protection of the environment.



Legislative Decree of 5 February 1997 (22/97), n. 22: "Ronchi Decree"

Legislative Decree of 3 April 2006, n. 152 (152/06): "Environment Regulations"



The CONAI model is based on the principle of “shared responsibility” which assumes the cooperation of all participants involved in waste management: from companies, which produce / make and use packaging materials, to the Public Administration, which make the regulations for waste management, and finally to the citizens, who through the daily act of separating their waste start an ethical cycle for the environment.

The CONAI System is based on the activities of six consortia that represent materials that are used in the production of packaging: steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic and glass. Each consortium must, for each material, coordinate, organize and increase: the take back of packaging waste (mainly from separated waste collection), the recycling and recovery processes.




Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi

Via Litta, 5

20122 – Milan/Italy

Tel +39 02.540441

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