NL: Use of natural resources decreased by 14%

19 December 2016

The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has published a report that provides what could be considered baseline data for the Netherlands as it begins transitioning to a circular economy. According to the report, the use of natural resources decreased by 14%, the amount of waste produced per kilogram of product decreased between 2008 and 2014, and about 80% of household waste is being recycled.
However, because of increased consumption and more goods being imported, the 'resource consumption 'footprint' increased. Another problematic area is food waste; 38% of 2.5 kilograms of weekly per capita household waste is food (Recycling Laws International Bulletin, 23 November 2016).
Click here for the report (in Dutch, 720 kB).
Click here for more information about the new NVC Project PUMA: the end of packaging as an environmental issue (kick-off on 29 March 2017).

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