While worried of a leveling off among the top EU member states, the European Commission did use praise when talking about the United Kingdom’s quick increase in the waste recycling rate. They also claimed more can be accomplished by all EU members to lower the waste generation.
Issues like extent of reuse, incineration levels, recycling rates and waste generation and disposal were all assessed in this very thorough report. The commission sighted a very big difference between members with regard to recycling. Some still landfill close to 100% while others are recycling over 70%. From 2006 data, those that recycled municipal waste the highest were Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Other countries such as the UK, Czech Republic, Poland and Latvia were recognized for quickly increasing rates of recycling since 2000.
The report suggests that true waste generation may to be reflected in the performances and that members are not increasing but staying at the same level. It is proportionate. Countries that generate high levels of waste have higher levels of recycling but that may not reflect a good percentage.
Repeating it is not only about lowering environmental impact ad greenhouse emission, commissioner Potocnik said they are attempting to make all of Europe’s economy resource efficient.
At best the generation of waste has stabilized but it is apparently increasing per the report. There is an assumption that household waste will increase so more needs to be done to increase the amount of recycling.
The UK ranked in the top 10 for percentage of municipal waste landfilled in 1995 with 80% and has reduced it to 55% as of 2007. While the Danes only landfilled 20% in 1995 and as of 2007 only 5%.
About 40% was the average that was landfilled for all EU Members as of 2008 down from 49% in 2005.
Organic waste is also important for the future, the report mentions and for the future, the commission will continue to monitor waste and recycling.