The best recyclers in Apulia, Rutigliano comes out on top; the provincial capitals fare less well
12 municipalities have mastered recycling in Apulia and have received recognition from Legambiente for having implemented a waste management model aimed at recovery , with over 65 % of waste being separated for collection in 2013 as stipulated in the national law. The seventh edition of the event organised by Legambiente Puglia awarded Rutigliano (a municipality close to Bari) first place in the general classification for having separated a total of 79.8% of its total waste in 2013. Cellamare, Monteparano, Casalvecchio Di Puglia, Canosa di Puglia, Casalnuovo Monterotaro, Torre Santa Susanna, San Pancrazio Salentino, Andria, Troia, Erchie and Roccaforzata followed. Eight municipalities in Puglia were awarded second place for separating on average 65% or more of waste in the first ten months of 2014: Crispiano, Fasano, Chieuti, Sava, Laterza, San Michele Salentino, San Vito dei Normanni and Lai. Ten administrations received the special “Start Up” award for having implemented innovative separate waste collection systems and succeeding in separating 65% or more of waste in at least one of the last four months of 2014. The award went to Faggiano, Volturino, Barletta, Adelfia, San Giorgio Jonico, Massafra, Monteiasi, Serracapriola, Anzano di Puglia and San Ferdinando di Puglia. The provincial capitals, with the exception of Andria, continue in this edition to perform less well: Brindisi managed just 30.3%, Bari, in third place, recorded just 24.8%, followed by Trani (16.2%), Lecce (13.9%) and Taranto (11.5%). The worst municipality in terms of separate waste collection is Foggia, coming in at just 4%.