UK recycling rate lags behind Europe’s best performers

Municipal waste data from Eurostat shows that the waste sent to landfill across the EU has fallen yet again to 58 million tonnes in 2017.

The latest figures show a fall of two million tonnes from 2016, and a fall of 88 million tonnes from 145 million tonnes since 1995, representing a total fall of 60 per cent in that time.

This is despite persistent high levels of waste generation across the EU, which saw 248.7 million tonnes of waste generated in 2017. Germany produced the most waste with 52.3 million tonnes, while Denmark produced the most waste per capita at 781kg, with Romania propping up the table with 272kg per capita.