EU: Less household waste going to landfill
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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