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Highlight Recycling industry can boost the European economy
Recycling has multiple benefits for many areas of the economy – providing raw materials, creating jobs and encouraging business opportunities and innovation. These economic benefits of recycling are examined in a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report considers the recycling industry in the context of building a 'green economy', a major European policy objective.
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Publication Resource efficiency in Europe — Policies and approaches in 31 EEA member and cooperating countries
This report provides an overview of resource efficiency policies and instruments in 31 member and cooperating countries of the European Environment Agency network (Eionet). A detailed survey was conducted during the first half of 2011 to collect, analyse and disseminate information about national experiences in developing and implementing resource efficiency policies, and to facilitate sharing of experiences and good practice. The report reviews national approaches to resource efficiency and explores similarities and differences in policies, strategies, indicators and targets, policy drivers and institutional setup and information gaps. It concludes with some EEA considerations for future policies on resource efficiency which could be considered in developing future resource efficiency policies at the EU and country levels. The analysis is illustrated with short examples of policy initiatives in the countries, described in more detail in the country profile documents available below.
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Figure EU-27 physical trade balance with the rest of the world, 2008
This figure shows 2008 total imports and exports of the EU27 with the rest of the world in physical terms. There is a massive asymmetry in trade between EU-27 and the rest of the world in the category of ‘Fuels and mining products’. EU imported in 2008 over six times more resources than it exported.
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Figure Trends in the use of material resources in EU-15 and EU-12 and municipal waste generation in EU‑27 compared with GDP and population
These graphs show the trends in the use of material resources in EU-15 and EU-12 and municipal waste generation in EU‑27 compared with GDP and population.
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Figure Resource use per person, by country, 2000 and 2007
This graph shows the resource use per person, by country in 2000 and 2007.
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Waste and material resources
Waste is a pressing environmental, social and economic issue. Increasing consumption and a developing economy continue to generate large amounts of waste - with more effort required to reduce and prevent it. While waste was viewed as disposable in the past, today it is increasingly recognised as a resource; this is reflected in the waste management shift away from disposal towards recycling and recovery.
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Figure Recycling rates for packaging waste in 2007 by country
Generation and recycling of packaging waste in the member countries of the European Environment Agency. The data show that 18 countries in 2007 met the 2008 target of the Packaging Waste Directive (2004/12/EC) to recycle at least 55% of packaging waste generated, and one country missed the 2001 target to recycle at least 25%.
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Figure Use of resources per person by country, 2000 and 2007 (2005)
This figure shows the DMC per capita for the EU27 countries and selected other countries in 2000 and 2007 or 2005, respectively.
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Figure Trend in generation of municipal waste in the EU, EFTA countries, Turkey and Western Balkan countries, 2003 and 2008
The figure is a bar plot of the generation of municipal waste in kg per capita. The statistic covers 2003 and 2008.
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Figure Total waste generation in the EU, EFTA, Turkey and Croatia in 2006 by source
This figure shows the total waste generation distribution in percentages between different sources in the EU, EFTA, Croatia and Turkey in 2006
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