Marble Traceability in Carrara: Companies to Use Software for Block Movement Communication

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New amendments approved by Carrara City Council regarding the regulation of marble quarries will make the traceability of marble blocks a reality. The council passed resolutions 50 and 51, updating the regulations from July 2, 2020, on the traceability of stone material and the on-site processing of at least 50% of the material, as indicated in Article 21 of the marble regulation.

Mayor Serena Arrighi described this document as “fundamental for the implementation of regional law 35,” the result of a long and collective effort based on safety, the environment, and a more equitable distribution of profits from the marble trade. Thanks to a unique code, concessionaires will be able to connect to the municipal IT system, allowing the traceability of stone materials from the mountain to the weigh station and from the weigh station to the chosen processing plant. However, the software used by entrepreneurs must be compatible with the one used by the municipality.

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A crucial aspect is the on-site processing of at least 50% of the material, a requirement that has allowed for the renewal of concessions. This step, from the weigh station to the processing plant, will be essential to verify compliance with this margin.

During the council meeting, the issue of estimated goods was also discussed, which, unlike marble quarries, cannot be considered public. A ruling from the Court of Cassation is awaited, which, if favorable, will see the application of regulation 21 to these goods as well, but only if the region amends law 35.