Eurostat: the dominance of plastic waste

According to Eurostat data published today, in 2019, on average per capita, 34.4 kg of plastic packaging waste was generated in the EU.

Between 2009 and 2019, plastic packaging waste per capita increased by 24% (+6.7 kg). During the same period, plastic packaging waste recycling increased dramatically by 50%. Despite this improvement, the amount of non-recycled plastic packaging has increased by 2 kg per capita since 2009 due to the price increase.

In 2019, 41% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in the EU. Nine EU Member States have recycled more than half of their plastic packaging waste:

Lithuania (70%), Czech Republic (61%), Bulgaria (59%, data for 2018). The Netherlands (57%), Sweden and Slovakia (53% each), Spain (52%), Cyprus (51%), Slovenia (50%).

Less than a third of plastic packaging waste is recycled in Malta (11%), France (27%), Ireland (28%), Austria (31%), Poland (32%) and Hungary (33%).

In Greece, 38% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in 2019, according to Eurostat.

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