The figures show the amount of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) that has been collected from private households in European countries, stated in kg/capita. The figures are related to the EU collection target of 4 kg/capita/year. Values are related to 2006, 2008 and 2010.
In order to calculate the per capita values each data type was divided by the numbers of inhabitants for each country and multiplied with 1000 to convert tonnes into kg. The 2008 data for Italy was corrected by the information provided by the country in the quality report submitted to Eurostat. Data on EEE put on market reported by the Netherlands to Eurostat has been removed for all years. According to the information provided by the country in the quality reports submitted to Eurostat it was a combination of pieces of items and tonnage.
WEEE in kg/capita/year
EEA standard re-use policy: unless otherwise indicated, re-use of content on the EEA website for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the source is acknowledged (http://www.eea.europa.eu/legal/copyright). Copyright holder: Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI).
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