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75 per cent of waste still ends up in landfills

Cyprus remains one of the EU countries with the highest amount of municipal waste, and 75 per cent of it ends up in landfills, the statistical service said on Wednesday.

According to the new statistics, a decrease of 1.5 per cent was observed in the amount of municipal solid waste produced in Cyprus, with 534,000 tonnes in 2014 compared with 542,000 tonnes in 2013.

Of this amount, 75 per cent was delivered to landfills and 12 per cent was separated for composting. Only 13 per cent is estimated to have been separated for recycling, whilst the EU waste framework directive has set the recycling target at 50 per cent by 2020.

In 2013, the average generation of municipal waste per capita in the European Union was 481 kg. In Cyprus, the per capita generation of municipal waste was 629 kg, an amount which is among the highest among the EU Member States with only Denmark (747 kg), Luxembourg (653 kg) and Germany (617 kg) producing similarly high amounts.


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