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List: Top Ten European Union Countries for Recycling Waste

Date: 2006

Source: IPPR

Base: 15 countries within the European Union.

Notes: Netherlands headed the list of European Union countries for recycling the most waste from municipal sources, with Austria and Germany following in second and third position respectively. Dutch municipal authorities either recycled, composted or in some way re-used about 65 per cent of waste received at depots. 3 per cent was sent to landfill and 32 per cent was incinerated. Portugal came bottom of the table with just 3 per cent recycling. Naughty fellows.

Rank

Country

Percentage of Waste Recycled

1

Netherlands

65%

2

Austria

59

3

Germany

58

4

Belgium

52

5

Sweden

41

5

Denmark

41

7

Luxembourg

36

8

Spain

35

9

Ireland

31

10

Italy

29


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