General Waste Disposal: Which Country Dumps the Least?
General Waste Disposal: we all know how important it is to boost recycling and minimise general waste disposal in landfill for numerous reasons such as environmental impact reduction and reducing the costs of waste and recycling for your business. In this blog we ask – which country internationally is recognised as the blue ribbon for best recycling performance – and minimising the general waste disposal in landfill.
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General waste disposal – who gets the gold medal?
PlanetAid has covered this question in detail. The leading countries are a couple in German speaking Europe – Austria and Germany.
“Austria sits with the highest recycling rate out of any country in the world: 63 percent of all waste is diverted from landfills. As recycling programs have evolved, Austria’s overall performance in terms of municipal solid waste recycling has been stable and at a very high level for the past decade, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).”
“Following Austria, Germany and Taiwan on Planet Aid’s list: another top recycling country is Singapore, sending 59 percent of its trash to be reused and recycled. Next up: South Korearecycles 49 percent of tossed goods. The United Kingdom hits the 39 percent mark with that percentage going into recycling. Lastly, closing out our top ten are Italy – recycling 36 percent of its trash – and France following closely behind with 35 percent.” Source : www.generalkinematics.com
You may be asking where Australia comes in this listing? The answer depends on which set of info and statistics you look at. The National EPA. In 2011 the total national diversion from landfill was recorded as 51%. Planet Ark states ” overall 51% of household waste gets recycled in Australia, relatively on par with recycling rates in northern European countries and exceeding the mean recycling rate of all 28 countries in the EU of 42%. This is quite an achievement for Australia considering the unique landscape and dispersed population that our waste services need to navigate.”
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