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News : EU Economy Last Updated: Mar 8, 2011 - 1:44 PM

EU Municipal Waste 2009: Germany landfilled 0% of municipal waste in 2009 while 62% of Irish municipal waste was landfilled
By Finfacts Team
Mar 8, 2011 - 1:36 PM

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EU Municipal Waste 2009: Germany landfilled 0% of municipal waste in 2009 while 62% of Irish municipal waste was landfilled. Also 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.

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 landfilled, 20% incinerated, 24% recycled and 18% composted.

This information is published by Eurostat, the statistics office of the European Union.

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 counties. 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 Netherlands with values between 600 and 700 kg. Austria, 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 Hungary 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.

Ireland's rate was 742 kg.

Recycling and composting represent half or more of waste treatment in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden

The treatment methods differ substantially between member counties. In 2009, the member counties with the highest share of municipal waste landfilled were Bulgaria (100% of waste treated), Romania (99%), Malta (96%), Lithuania (95%), and Latvia (92%).

The highest shares of incinerated municipal waste were observed in Sweden (49% of waste treated), Denmark (48%), the Netherlands (39%), Luxembourg (36%), Belgium (35%), Germany and France (with 34%). In ten member counties incineration was equal to or below 1%.

Recycling was most common in Germany (48% of waste treated), Belgium and Sweden (both 36%), Slovenia and Denmark (both 34%), Ireland and the Netherlands (both 32%). The member counties with the highest composting rates for municipal waste were Austria (40%), Italy (32%), the Netherlands (28%), Spain and Belgium (both 24%) and Luxembourg (20%).

Recycling and composting of municipal waste together accounted for 50% of waste treated or more in Austria (70%), Germany (66%), the Netherlands (61%), Belgium (60%) and Sweden (50%). In seven member counties less than 10% of waste was recycled or composted.

Ireland's Green Party leader, John Gormley, as Minister for the Environment from July 2007 to Jan 2011, was determined to prevent an waste incinerator being built in his political constituency.

He failed to be elected in the Irish General Election last and his legacy in the waste management area is the commissioning of tax-funded reports.

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