According to the European statistics agency, Eurostat, in the 27 members of the European Union, 40 per cent of treated municipal waste was recycled or composted in 2011, up from 27 per cent in 2001. While these are good news, let’s have a look at the official statistics.
Still to the data presented by Eurostat, a quarter of all European waste is recycled and 15 percent is composted. In comparison, the proportion of recycled and incinerated waste in the United States is of 34 percent (source: EPA). Back to the European Union, incineration accounts for 23 percent. The remaining 37 percent is sent to landfills.
The first thing that one can notice is that there are many disparities between countries.
If Austria is champion of composting with 34 percent (while recycling 28 percent of the total), some others are much less virtuous.
Click here to read the full story.
Did you find this article useful? Help us keep our journalism free to read.
We have a team of journalists dedicated to providing independent, well-researched stories from around the region on the topics that matter to you. Consider supporting our brand of purposeful journalism with a donation and keep Eco-Business free for all to read. Thank you.