Waste valorisation

With the company Acea Ambiente, we operate in Waste Management and, more specifically, in the disposal and waste-to-energy sector, in line with the most recent European trends regarding circular economy policies.

We are one of the leading Italian players with over 1.7 million tons of waste treated each year, and we are the benchmark operator for Central Italy, managing the main waste-to-energy facility and the largest composting plants in the regions of Lazio and Tuscany.

In accordance with our commitment in sustaniability, we carry out waste selection and recycling of paper, iron, wood, plastic and metal in our plants in Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche, Piedmont, Umbria, and Veneto.

of electricity produced from 20,207 kNm3 of recovered biogas
tons of waste treated
high quality compost produced, +31% compared to 2021

Data as at 31 December 2022


Our objectives for development

  • Consolidation of the “core business” regarding energy recovery (WtE) and the disposal of mixed and organic waste
  • Further development of the specific waste category also in synergy with the Group’s activities in the water sector (e.g. sludge) and WtE (e.g. ash)
  • Strengthening of the Waste to Material (WtM) supply chains from a circular economy perspective (e.g. plastic, paper, ...)
  • Moreover, last March, through Acea Ambiente, Acea presented its expression of interest for the construction of a new waste-to-energy plant in Santa Palomba, in the province of Rome, together with major domestic and international operators, with a view to enhancing the Group’s positioning in the sector and contributing materially to the Capital’s waste management.

Waste recovery for the circular economy

We are committed to waste recovery, in support of the circular economy and the ecological transition for a more sustainable future.

Waste recovery may take place in various ways: reduction in volume, conversion to biogas or compost, but also waste-to-energy and recycling.

We have been investing in the circular economy for years, a commitment made concrete through the recycling and recovery of secondary raw materials, the transformation of organic waste into high quality compost and biogas for electricity production, the integration of sewage sludge treatment into its water services, the treatment of liquid waste, waste disposal, and waste-to-energy services.

We exploit the integration between our different water-related businesses to recover sewage sludge and send it to be treated for composting purposes.

In keeping with the Business Plan we aim to consolidate our position via new transactions in the sector. For example, we are in the process of expanding volumes and management capacity, as well as the types of material treated within the circular economy circuit (paper, iron, wood, liquid waste, plastic and metals), via the acquisition of new companies.


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