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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
SOER Message Material resources and waste — key message 4
The management of waste has improved, with many countries recycling and recovering more, but more efforts are needed if the EU is to become a 'recycling society'. Implementation of existing legislation remains crucial, especially on the illegal shipments of waste, illegal or sub-standard landfilling, and packaging and electric and electronic equipment waste management.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 5
Europe cannot endlessly increase its water supply, we must reduce demand. Policies are needed to encourage demand management. Demand measures could include the use of economic instruments; water loss controls; water-reuse and recycling; increased efficiency of domestic, agricultural and industrial water use; and water-saving campaigns supported by public education programmes.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Common environmental theme Octet Stream Waste - Outlook 2020 (Croatia)
SOER Common environmental theme from Croatia
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Croatia
Common environmental theme D source code Waste - State and impacts (Finland)
Waste - State and Impacts
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Finland
Common environmental theme D source code Waste - Outlook 2020 (Finland)
Waste - Outlook
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Finland
Figure chemical/x-pdb Development of municipal waste management in 32 European countries, 2001–2010
The amount of municipal waste related to treatment in million tonnes
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Press Release Octet Stream Highest recycling rates in Austria and Germany – but UK and Ireland show fastest increase
Austria, Germany and Belgium recycled the largest proportion of municipal waste in Europe in 2010. Although some countries have rapidly increased recycling rates, Europe is still wasting vast quantities of valuable resources by sending them to landfill, and many countries risk falling short of legally binding recycling targets.
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Figure Trend in WEEE recycled/reused in 27 European countries (kg/capita/year), 2006-2008-2010
The figure shows the trend in the amount of WEEE that has been reused and recycled in European countries, stated in kg/capita.
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Figure Recycling rates for packaging waste in 2009 by country
Generation and recycling of packaging waste in the member countries of the European Environment Agency. The data show that 17 countries in 2009 met the 2009 target of the Packaging Waste Directive (2004/12/EC) to recycle at least 55% of packaging waste generated, and two countries missed the 2001 target to recycle at least 25%.
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