Recycling accounted for a quarter of total municipal waste treated in 2009

Brussels, 16 March 2011 – In the EU27, 513 kg of municipal waste was generated per person in 2009. The amount generated per person varied from 316 kg in the Czech Republic and Poland to 833 kg in Denmark.This information is published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. 

On average in the EU27, 504 kg of municipal waste was treated per person in 2009. Municipal waste was treated in different ways: 38% was landfilled3, 20% incinerated, 24% recycled and 18% composted.

Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom all generated around the same amount of municipal waste per person.

The amount of municipal waste generated varies significantly across Member States. Denmark, with more than 800 kg per person, had the highest amount of waste generated in 2009, followed by Cyprus, Ireland and Luxembourg with values between 700 and 800 kg per person, and Malta and the NetherlandsAustria, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom all generated between 500 and 600 kg per person, while Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and HungaryCzech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Romania. with values between 600 and 700 kg. were between 400 and 500 kg. Values of below 400 kg per person were found in the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Romania.

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