The rate of municipal waste going to landfills in Europe fell from 49% in 2004 to 34% in 2014. This is concluded in a new brief from the EEA which states that overall, the rates of landfilling decreased in 27 out of 32 countries. In Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, virtually no municipal waste was sent to landfill sites. Total municipal waste generation in the 32 EEA member countries declined by 3% and average generation per person dropped by 7% from 2004-2014. One of the success stories of European environmental policies is the increase in the rate of municipal waste recycling and EEA countries achieved an average total recycling rate of 33 % in 2014, compared with 23 % in 2004. Despite the progress, the outlook for reaching the objectives set in the EU’s 50 % recycling target for municipal waste by 2020 is mixed and many countries will have to step up their efforts.

For more information visit European Environment Agency’s website

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