With less than 300 kg per person, Romania (based on 2014 data) and Poland had the lowest amounts of waste generated in 2015, followed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia (both just over 300 kg per person), Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, shows.
At the opposite end of the scale, Denmark (789 kg per person) had the highest amount of waste generated in 2015, well ahead of Cyprus, Germany, Luxembourg and Malta, where the amount of waste produced per person was less but still above 600 kg. It should be noted that different coverage of municipal waste explains part of the differences between Member States.
The amount of municipal waste generated per person in the European Union (EU) in 2015 amounted to 477 kg, down by 9 percent compared with its peak of 527 kg per person in 2002, but slightly up, for the first time since 2007, from the 474 kg recorded in 2014.
Overall, 29 percent of it was recycled and another 28 percent landfilled, 26 percent incinerated and 17 percent composted. The share of municipal waste recycled or composted in the EU has steadily increased over the time period, from 17 percent in 1995 to 46 percent in 2015. Across Member States, recycling and composting together accounted for over two-thirds of waste treatment in Germany (68 percent), and for more than half in Austria and Slovenia (both 58 percent), Belgium (55 percent) and the Netherlands (52 percent).
Romania, as EU member, still has other duties to fulfill: by 2020, the main municipal waste obligation assumed by Romania before EU is the recycling of 50 percent of the total mass of waste paper, metal, plastic and glass; minimum 70 percent level of preparation for recycling and preparing for re-use of municipal waste and other material recovery operations of minimum70 percent of the non-dangerous waste quantities from construction and demolition; 60 percent recovery of the total packaging waste placed on the national market.