Cyprus among biggest waste polluters

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Municipal waste generated by Cypriots is well above the EU average of 502 kilos per person with only Denmark, Luxembourg and Malta being more wasteful than Cyprus.

Almost 225 million tonnes of municipal waste was generated in the EU in 2019, according to data released by Eurostat.

This corresponds to 502 kg per person, a small increase compared with 2018 (495 kg), although down from the peak in 2008 (518 kg).

At 844 kg, Denmark generated the most municipal waste per person among EU states in 2019.

Other countries that generated more than half a tonne of municipal waste per person was Luxembourg (791 kg), Malta (694 kg), Cyprus (642 kg) and Germany (609 kg).

At the other end of the scale, Romania generated 280 kg of municipal waste per person. Three other countries also generated less than 400 kg per person: Poland (336 kg), Estonia (369 kg) and Hungary (387 kg).

The amount of recycled waste reached new highs in 2019.

Over the past years, the amount of waste recycled (material recycling and composting) almost tripled from 37 million tonnes (87 kg per person) in 1995 to 107 mln tonnes (239 kg per person) in 2019.

Since 1995, the amount of municipal waste incinerated in the EU has doubled from 30 mln tonnes (70 kg per person) to 60 mln tonnes (134 kg per person) in 2019.

Although slightly more waste is being generated, the total amount of municipal waste landfilled in the EU has more than halved since 1995, from 121 mln tonnes (286 kg per person) in 1995 to 54 mln tonnes (120 kg per person) in 2019.