Municipal waste landfill rates in Europe by country

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This cluster column chart shows the development in the landfill rate of municipal waste in European countries in 2010 and 2019. Data are presented in descending order according to 2019 data values. The 10% line represents the EU landfill target for 2035. Data are extracted from the Eurostat dataset [env_wasmun]: Municipal waste by waste management operations. The data cover the 32 EEA member countries and Western Balkan cooperating countries. Data for 2018 rather than 2019 are shown for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ireland, Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99), Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia; data for 2011 rather than 2010 are shown for Denmark and North Macedonia. No 2010 data are available for Albania or Kosovo and no 2019 data are available for Iceland. Landfill rates are calculated by dividing the amount of waste sent to landfill by the amount of waste generated. The 2035 landfill target, as set in the EU Landfill Directive (EU, 1999, 2018a), is legally binding for EU Member States only.



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