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Survey highlights Germany’s appetite for recycling

Europe – Germany recycles 50% of all its waste – a high figure in European terms. And according to a consumer survey conducted by environmental consultancy Landbell Group, recycling is a major issue for the German public.

Some 84% of respondents said that recycling was ‘important’ or ‘very important’ to them. At 93%, the group with the greatest engagement in recycling was that with a net monthly household income of Euro 2500 to 3000, and it was least relevant to those with a net monthly household income of less than Euro 1000. Meanwhile, 64% of those responding to the survey considered the recycling of raw materials to be ‘important’ or ‘very important’.

Age is also a factor: among those surveyed between the ages of 14 and 29, only 16% stated that recycling was ‘very important’ for them whereas the figure was 57% for the 50 to 59 age group.

When it comes to recycling, Landbell Group perceives further growth potential in Germany as well as in other European countries. ‘Our economy is currently very linear in many areas and not all products are recycled at the end of their lifecycle, but many are disposed of, which destroys valuable materials,’ it points out.

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