How to Manage Waste in Venice

Venice is a unique city in the world, because as everyone says, it is located on water. In Venice there are no real means of transport on wheels, but there are aquatic means. The goods and products sold in the shops in Venice must necessarily be transported by water. In the same way our waste is also handled with the help of water vehicles.

It is not only residents who are affected by waste collection, but also tourists, especially if you are staying in a flat. If you are a tourist, we recommend that you get a proper explanation of the procedure from the owner or manager of the flat in which you are staying.

Every day, except Sundays, there are shifts for waste collection and subsequent disposal.  There are two ways to collect waste from residents and tourists.

The first involves depositing the waste at the collection points. Waste is collected from 06.30 to 08.30 at the collection points where waste collection boats are moored.  These boats are usually marked 'Veritas'. Veritas is the waste management company. Here is a list of collection points. Our map will help you find these collection points easily.

The second way is for a waste collector to collect your waste from your home between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Below are the times and types of waste that will be collected both at the collection points and at home:

Organic waste, or residual waste, is collected daily between 06.30 and 08.30 from Monday to Saturday.

Paper, cardboard, newspapers and tetra pak are collected from 06.30 to 08.30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Glass, plastic and cans are collected from 06.30 to 08.30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

This collection method is unique for the centre of Venice, the island of Giudecca, Murano Burano and other islands in the lagoon.

We advise you to seal your waste. If possible, use biodegradable bags for organic waste. We advise you to make the waste easy to handle. If the waste is not well sealed the Venice Council\ Veritas operators may not collect your waste.

Bulky household waste will be collected from your home free of charge up to one cubic metre in size by appointment. If you exceed one cubic metre, a Veritas operator will give you an estimate for the disposal of bulky goods.

It is very important to try to keep Venice clean, your small daily help can do more than you think. Should you decide not to comply with these provisions, fines for waste disposal start from 167 Euro.