Costa launches recycling program on select ship calls in Italy

Costa Cruises said it has introduced an aluminum recycling initiative for its ships calling at the Port of Savona in Italy in 2007 and 2008.

The cruise line also said that it will make available the results of its first "sustainability report," created on a voluntary basis that will outline the company's results in the fields of social accountability and environmental compliance.

Under an agreement with the Italian National Consortium for the Recovery and Recycling of Aluminum (CIAL), Costa will launch segregated waste collection on its 11 ships sailing in Savona, Italy, over the next two years.

The vessels will be outfitted with separate disposal and recycling containers for aluminum packaging, including food and drink cans, aluminum foil, spray cans and aluminum trays, Costa said, which will be collected in segregated waste disposal bins on Costa's ships and sent to CIAL for recycling.

The agreement currently involves vessels calling on Savona, Costa said, but the cruise line plans to extend the program to other Italian ports as well.

Costa said that in 2007 alone, it estimates that 50 tons of aluminum packaging will be collected from its ships, which once recycled, could be turned into the equivalent of 58,000 espresso coffee makers, 2,600 bicycles or 3,300 wheel rims. 

Costa also issued its first Sustainability Report for the 2005 fiscal year, which is currently available at The report lists the company's performance in three macro-categories: economic, environmental and social performance and ends with an assessment of the objectives attained in 2005, and the identification of those to be achieved in the years to come, including the new aluminum recycling initiative.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].


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