The category “Total other waste” was calculated by subtracting the categories, Total mining waste, Total construction and demolition waste, Total manufacturing waste and Total household waste from the category Total waste generation. The percentages in the figure were calculated by dividing the different categories with the category “Total waste generation”.
Percent of total generation in 2006 (%)
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Around 10 million pairs of usable spectacles are discarded each year in Europe and North America. These can be used to help people in the developing world to afford glasses. Most opticians now act as collection points for old glasses, so drop yours off and give them a new lease on life.
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