EU: Less household waste going to landfill

16 December 2016

European countries are improving their methods to prevent household trash and other municipal waste from ending up in landfill sites, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment.
The rate of municipal waste going to landfills in the 32 EEA member countries fell from 49% in 2004 to 34% in 2014. Overall, the rates of landfilling decreased in 27 out of 32 countries. Total municipal waste generation in the 32 EEA member countries declined by 3% and average generation per person dropped by 7% from 2004-2014. There has been an increase in municipal waste generation per person in 16 countries and a decrease in 19 others (News Item EEA, 14 November 2016).
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