Better management of municipal waste will reduce greenhouse gas emissions
EEA briefing explains how better processing of municipal waste will continue to reduce emissions from this sector, while calling for greater attention to increasing volumes across Europe.
- The amount of municipal waste is expected to grow by 25 % from 2005 to 2020.
- Increased recovery of waste, and diverting waste away from landfill play a key role in tackling the environmental impacts of increasing waste volumes.
- As recycling and incineration with energy recovery are increasingly used, net greenhouse gas emissions from municipal waste management are expected to drop considerably by 2020.
- Limiting or avoiding growth in waste volumes would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector and deliver other benefits to society and the environment.
EEA Briefing 1/2008: Better management of municipal waste will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (available in 26 languages)