Figures Show Fall In EU Waste Generation

EU-member-statesAccording to recent figures published by Eurostat, each person in the EU generated 475kg of municipal waste in 2014, 44% of which was recycled or composted.

This figure is down by 10% compared with its peak of 527kg per person in 2002.

Since 2007, the generation of municipal waste per person has constantly decreased in the EU to below its mid-1990s level, according to the figures.

Of the 475kg of municipal waste generated per person in the EU in 2014, 465kg per person were treated.

This treatment followed different methods: 28% was recycled and another 28% landfilled, 27% incinerated and 16% composted. The share of municipal waste recycled or composted in the EU has steadily increased over the time period, from 17% in 1995 to 44% in 2014.

Waste generated per person was highest in Denmark, Cyprus, Germany and Luxembourg, according to the stats.

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The amount of municipal waste generated varied significantly across the EU member states. With less than 300kg per person, Romania (based on 2013 data), Poland and Latvia had the lowest amounts of waste generated in 2014, followed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia (both just over 300 kg per person).

At the opposite end of the scale, Denmark (759 kg per person) had the highest amount of waste generated in 2014, well ahead of Cyprus, Germany and Luxembourg with lower amounts but above 600 kg per person, and Malta, Ireland (based on 2013 data), Austria, the Netherlands, France and Greece with values between 500 and 600 kg per person.

Eurostat explained that it should be noted that different coverage of municipal waste explains part of the differences between member states.

Almost two-thirds of municipal waste recycled or composted in Germany.

The treatment methods differed substantially between member states. In 2014, almost half of municipal waste treated was recycled in Slovenia (49%) and Germany (47%). Composting was most common in Austria (32%), followed by the Netherlands (27%) and Belgium (21%). Together, recycling and composting accounted in 2014 for nearly two-thirds (64%) of waste treatment in Germany, followed by Slovenia (61%), Austria (58%), Belgium (55%) and the Netherlands (51%).

At least half of the municipal waste treated in 2014 was incinerated in Estonia (56%), Denmark (54%), Finland and Sweden (both 50%), while the highest shares of municipal waste landfilled were recorded in Latvia (92%), Malta (88%), Croatia (83%), Romania (82% in 2013), Greece (81% in 2013), Slovakia (76%), Cyprus (75%) and Bulgaria (74%).

According to the stats, the UK generated 482kg per person, of which 473kg was treated. Treatment consisted of 28% recycling, 17% composting, 27% incineration and 28% landfill.

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