Waste generation from household and commercial activities
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationWaste and material resources (Primary theme)
Policy issue: Are we on course for meeting targets for municipal and household waste generation?
The EU's target for municipal and household waste was not met in 2000 - and is unlikely to be met in the future if current trends are not reversed.
Daily household and commercial activities generated around 400 kg of waste per person in 1996. This included both mixed household rubbish and separately collected waste such as paper and glass.
The EU's 2000 target for municipal waste, mentioned in the 5th Environmental Action Programme, was 300 kg per person per year. Municipal waste, however, is a broader term, including much more than household and commercial activity waste. Factor in the trend towards increased waste generation since 1996, and it becomes clear that the 300 kg limit will not be reached without significant cuts in household waste generation.
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Generation of waste from households