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Cypriots Generating Highest Municipal Waste in EU

landfillCypriots generated 760kg of waste per person in 2010, the highest in the EU, according to Eurostat's survey for the year.

In addition, a whopping 80 percent of waste is sent to landfills, none of it is incinerated and only 16 percent is recycled, a paltry four percent is composted. Landfills are proven to be hazardous to the health and the environment, but the situation is clearly not improving.

For comparison purposes, in Belgium, which could be considered a best-case scenario, only one percent of waste is landfilled, 37 percent is incinerated, 40 percent is recycled and 15 percent is composted.

All the figures for the EU27 are below:

Municipal waste generated,
kg per person
Total municipal waste treated,
kg per person
Municipal waste treated, %
Landfilled
Incinerated
Recycled
Composted
EU27
502
486
38
22
25
15
Belgium
466
434
1
37
40
22
Bulgaria
410
404
100
-
-
-
Czech Republic
317
303
68
16
14
2
Denmark
673
673
3
54
23
19
Germany
583
583
0
38
45
17
Estonia
311
261
77
-
14
9
Ireland
636
586
57
4
35
4
Greece*
457
457
82
-
17
1
Spain
535
535
58
9
15
18
France
532
532
31
34
18
17
Italy*
531
502
51
15
21
13
Cyprus
760
760
80
-
16
4
Latvia
304
304
91
-
9
1
Lithuania
381
348
94
0
4
2
Luxembourg
678
678
18
35
26
20
Hungary
413
413
69
10
18
4
Malta
591
562
86
-
7
6
Netherlands
595
499
0
39
33
28
Austria*
591
591
1
30
30
40
Poland
315
263
73
1
18
8
Portugal
514
514
62
19
12
7
Romania
365
294
99
-
1
0
Slovenia
422
471
58
1
39
2
Slovakia
333
322
81
10
4
5
Finland
470
470
45
22
20
13
Sweden
465
460
1
49
36
14
United Kingdom*
521
518
49
12
25
14
Iceland*
572
531
73
11
14
2
Norway
469
462
6
51
27
16
Switzerland
707
708
-
50
34
17
Turkey
407
343
99
-
-
1
* Estimated by Eurostat
 
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