99% of treated municipal waste was landfilled in Romania, says Eurostat study

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In the EU28, 492 kg of municipal waste was generated per person in 2012, while 480 kg of municipal waste was treated per person, says Eurostat study made public on March 25. When it comes to Romania, only 389 kg of municipal waste was generated per person in 2012 with 313 kg of municipal waste treated per person.

Furthermore, the study shows that the highest shares of municipal waste landfilled were recorded in Romania (99% of waste treated), followed by Malta (87%), Croatia (85%), Latvia (84%) and Greece (82%), and of incinerated municipal waste in Denmark and Sweden (both 52%), the Netherlands (49%), Belgium (42%), Luxembourg (36%), Germany and Austria (both 35%), Finland (34%) and France (33%).

In terms of EU28, the municipal waste was treated in different ways: 34% was landfilled, 24% incinerated, 27% recycled and 15% composted. For the EU, there has been a significant increase in the share of municipal waste recycled or composted, from 18% in 1995 to 42% in 2012. The study reveals that Romania recycled only 1% in 2012, while the municipal waste wasn’t incinerated or composed, as in the other EU28 countries.

Oana Vasiliu


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