Friday 20 March 2009

Ireland is among EU's highest waste producers

IRISH people are among the highest generators of household waste in the EU, producing over 50pc more than our European neighbours, writes Paul Melia.

The average citizen in Ireland produces 786kgs of rubbish -- about 10 full wheelie bins per person -- far in excess of the 522kg EU average.

But we have one of the highest recycling rates, with new figures from the European Commission showing that 34pc of all waste is re-used here. We compost just 2pc of all household waste, and landfill 64pc.

The least amount of waste per person was generated in Romania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Irish Independent

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