Italy is well below the target that it has set for rubbish and recycling, particularly in its southern regions.

In 2005 Italians generated 31.7 million tonnes of waste, 1.6 million more than in 2003.

While the government has set a recycling target of 40 per cent by the end of 2007, the country at present is only recycling 24 per cent of its garbage, according to national environmental agency APAT (Agenzia per la protezione dell