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File Recycling rates in Europe
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Highlight What does waste look like? Photo, cartoon and video competition
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching a new competition for artistic depictions of waste in Europe. Each European generates approximately half a tonne of household waste on average. A lot of this so-called waste is actually a useful resource, but only two fifths is recycled, according to a recent analysis.
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Figure Municipal waste recycling rates in 32 European countries, 2001 and 2010
The total recycling of municipal waste stated in percentage of the generated amount
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Figure Yearly average percentage point increase in total recycling of municipal waste, 2001–2005 and 2006–2010
Yearly average percentage point increase in total recycling of municipal waste, 2001–2005 and 2006–2010
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Figure Octet Stream Bio-waste recycling as a percentage of municipal waste generation in 32 European countries, 2001 and 2010
Bio-waste recycling in 32 European countries as a percentage of total municipal waste generated in 2001 and 2010
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Figure GHG emissions from municipal waste management in the EU, Switzerland and Norway
This figure shows the GHG emissions associated with municipal waste management for the EU-27 (without Cyprus) plus Norway and Switzerland, differentiated according to the contribution of specific waste treatment paths. The GHG emissions are calculated using a life-cycle approach. In order to see the overall effect of waste management, the avoided emissions (counted as negative values) are plotted with the direct emissions, giving the net greenhouse gas emissions from MSW management in European countries (the black line).
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Figure File Total turnover of recycling of seven key recyclables in the EU, 2004 and 2006–2009 - eps file
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs Total turnover of recycling of seven key recyclables in the EU, 2004 and 2006–2009
Highlight Big potential of cutting greenhouse gases from waste
There is a big potential to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) from municipal solid waste management, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report, 'Waste opportunities – Past and future climate benefits from better municipal waste management in Europe', covers the EU-27 (excluding Cyprus), Norway and Switzerland. It estimates that these countries could make GHG savings of up to 78 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) by 2020, or 1.53 % of Europe's emissions in 2008.
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Figure File Total turnover of recycling of seven key recyclables in the EU, 2004 and 2006–2009 - Excel file
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs Total turnover of recycling of seven key recyclables in the EU, 2004 and 2006–2009
File chemical/x-pdb 50 years of protecting Europe's environment
Today the European Union has the most environmentally friendly arsenal of rules in the world and has done more to tackle pressing ecological problems, such as climate change, than any other major power. But it has not always been like this. Caring for the environment did not feature in the Treaty of Rome, the document that gave birth to the modern day EU. Yet environmental problems were never far away. Europe’s love affair with the car was moving into top gear, industry was busy belching out pollutants and raw sewage was being pumped into our rivers and seas.
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