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SOER Key fact Troff document Waste per inhabitant
The European economy generates more than five tonnes of waste, including hazardous waste, per inhabitant each year, and each citizen throws on average half a tonne of household waste into the bin.
Located in News Europe's demand for resources reaching far beyond its borders
Figure Hazardous waste generation in the EU-15, EU-12 and in EU-27 plus Norway, Switzerland, and Croatia, 1997 to 2009
The figure shows the amounts of hazardous waste generated in EU-15, EU-12 and EU-27 plus Norway, Switzerland, and Croatia in the years 1997 to 2009.
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Publication Material resources and waste — 2012 update
Update to the European Environment State and Outlook 2010 (SOER 2010) thematic assessment
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Highlight chemical/x-pdb New film on waste management in Greenland
Dealing with large quantities of unwanted (and sometimes toxic) waste is often difficult – but it becomes even more complicated when people live in isolated communities, in extreme environments hundreds of kilometres from the nearest treatment plant. This is the subject of a new film considering waste management in Greenland, entitled ‘Mission Greenland – for a cleaner future’.
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Figure Hazardous waste generation in the EU-15, EU-12 and in EU-27 plus Norway, Switzerland, and Croatia, 1997 to 2006
The figure shows the amounts of hazardous waste generated in EU-15, EU-12 and EU-27 plus Norway, Switzerland, and Croatia in the years 1997 to 2006.
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
SOER Message Material resources and waste — key message 3
The overall trend in waste generation, including hazardous waste, is upwards. The 6th EAP objective of substantially reducing waste generation has neither been achieved nor is likely to be met in the coming decades unless production and consumption patterns are transformed.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Publication Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The European economy needs huge amounts of resources to function. Apart from consuming minerals, metals, concrete and wood, Europe burns fossil fuels and uses land to satisfy the needs of its citizens. Demand for materials is so intense that between 20 and 30 % of the resources we use are now imported. At the other end of the materials chain, the EU economy generates around six tons of waste per person every year. With the boom in international trade, EU consumption and production may potentially damage ecosystems and human health not only within but also far beyond its borders.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Thematic assessments
Common environmental theme Waste - National Responses (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - waste
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
Common environmental theme Waste - Outlook 2020 (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - waste
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
Common environmental theme Waste - Drivers and pressures (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - waste
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
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