Whether the total amount of waste would decrease or increase, it would still be nice if amounts of UNRECYCLED waste decreased. If compared to 2004 it decreased, but if compared to 2010 it is increasing in spite of higher recycling rates.
What: Waste recycled or refilled in total waste generated. When: 2004, 2010 and 2016 Where: Europe Source: Eurostat
Metallic and glass waste. It’s probably quite easy to reuse metal and refill glass containers. The least recycled are mixed ordinary wastes of which almost half are generated by households (as seen in the previous chart).
May it be the motivation for sorting – if more mixed waste became recyclable waste, more would be … recycled.
What: Waste recycled or refilled in total waste generated. When: 2016 Where: Europe Source: Eurostat
Mostly mineral and solidified wastes from business activities. Here goes waste from construction and demolition activities, combustion wastes, soils. Mixed ordinary wastes are the second – almost half of it is generated by households. The only type of waste where households produce more than half of the output is plastic.
What: Waste generated, tonnes. When: 2016 Where: European countries Source: Eurostat
If the waste generated per GDP euro is compared to GDP per capita, then no trend is visible. Seems that required additional waste for additional euro per capita is more or less fixed (at least in Europe) except for 4 countries.
Math goes like this: to increase GDP per capita in 1 €, the total amount of waste should increase by w/(GDP per capita), where w is the current total amount of waste. Then the additional amount of waste is equal to (waste per GDP euro) * population.
What: Waste generated, tonnes per GDP euro & GDP, chain-linked volumes (2010), euro per capita When: 2016 Where: European countries. Source: Eurostat
If waste generated is compared to GDP (both per capita), then some positive trend is visible, but still there are too many outliers to draw conclusions. Amounts of waste each country generates depend on specific features of that country.
What: Waste generated, kilograms per capita & GDP, chain-linked volumes (2010), euro per capita When: 2016 Where: European countries Source: Eurostat