ReLife is one of the most innovative players in the circular economy in Italy. Founded in 2018, from an idea first created in 2014 and involving companies that had been operating in the sector for several decades, the Group deals with the collection and processing of reusable waste, with leading positions in Italy for waste paper selection and processing.

The ReLife circularity model is customer-centred. ReLife offers a waste collection service fully compliant with the law, at low costs and with minimal environmental impact, by capitalising on the ability to seek new markets and environmentally sustainable equipment. ReLife decided to become an integral part of the value chain to supply new boxes and plastic made from the waste they produce in return to customers.

THE COMPANY HISTORY

The territorial distribution of the Group’s divisions, with its 18 facilities in the centre-north of Italy and 56 production lines, is determined by a proximity criterion, that is to be physically close to where the waste is made, to reduce CO2 emissions and costs related to transport and logistics. This is why ReLife is committed to collecting and recovering municipal and industrial waste with a limited geographical radius, with positive repercussions on both the economy and the environment considering the impact of transport logistics on the carbon footprint.

Although the group is young, the 4 production units Recycling, Paper Mill, Paper Packaging, Plastic Packaging of the Group, have long experience in the sector. The network is characterised by a horizontal business model based on expanding the customer base of people who think, design, produce and organise work according to circular economy principles.

In seven years, Relife became the first private-owned Italian operator in paper and cardboard recycling, whose innovative strength lies in waste management seen as an integrated first link along the entire value chain, enhancing all the opportunities of material recycling, to eliminate conventional disposal methods altogether.

To reduce the increase in the rejected portion of sorted waste that comes with a high rate of separate collection, the Group has designed a ReLife model to transform the rejected portion into alternative energy to replace coal. The new ReFuel facility in Silvano d’Orba (AL) will transform 140,000 tonnes of recycling waste into the best alternative to conventional fuels, putting cement works and thermoelectric power stations into the position of being able to make a real difference in their carbon footprint. Although at first glance the construction of the facility may appear to be an industrial discontinuity with the strategic plan to maximise recycling, it is actually fully coherent with these objectives by aiming towards maximising the recycling phase and minimising landfill disposal almost to zero.

ReLife guarantees a traceable supply chain all the steps of the way. Respecting the future is today’s greatest competitive advantage. ReLife is the first – and perhaps the only – implementer of this approach.

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