Europe – In the EU, recycling’s share of municipal waste treatment climbed one percentage point to 25% in 2010, according to new data from Eurostat. Incineration grew from 20% to 22% while the composting share fell from 18% to 15%.
The study also points out that the proportion of landfilled waste remained broadly unchanged at approaching 40% – although figures varied considerably from one country to another. Both the Netherlands and Germany, for example, reportedly sent no waste to landfill while Belgium saw its already low rate drop from 5% to 1%. In contrast, Bulgaria is said to have landfilled all its municipal waste while Turkey and Romania recorded a rate of 99%.
Eurostat also confirms an on-going decline in the amount of municipal waste produced per capita in the EU: this fell to 502 kg in 2010 from 513 kg in the previous year. With a total of 760 kg per capita, Cyprus produced the most waste on a per-person basis, with Poland and the Czech Republic producing the least.
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