COREPLA (National Consortium for the Collection and Recycling of Plastic packages) was established in November, 1997. It is part of the “CONAI System” (National Packaging Consortium) and is a no-profit private system with a social character.At the beginning of 2012 it had 2,685 member companies, belonging to the entire life-cycle of plastic packaging.It operates according to principles of efficacy, efficiency and cheapness in order to conform to law and achieve the recycling objectives concerning all types of plastic packaging on the market:
- sustaining Municipalities in the development of plastic packaging recycling services and grant them economical compensation to cover the main costs sustained in implementing these services, according to a national agreement established between CONAI and ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities);
- guaranteeing recycling start-up of material collected and taking charge of all the necessary preliminary work in order to make it technically feasible and economically sustainable, as well as implementing the energy recovery of the share of collected packages not suitable for the recycling market;
- providing companies that use plastic packaging not managed by the public collection service platforms their free inserting into appropriate receptacles and correct recovery process, moreover with exclusively subsidiary functions in respect to the market;
- making citizens, institutions and companies aware of the best plastic packaging management: pointing them towards a sustainable use and ecodesign in order to avoid waste, communicating the qualitative-quantitative increase in recyclable materials, research to develop industrial and recycling market opportunities and applications of recycled plastic.