But Charted Institution of Wastes Management deputy chief executive Chris Murphy told MRW: “Looking at these figures I wish we had some equity. [Then we could] compare apples with apples. There’s no consistency in what is called municipal waste across Europe. The UK figures are household waste but in places like Denmark it’s different.”
“There’s no explanation behind the numbers about what is recycled and how much is commercial waste. Or how much residue from the various treatments, like incineration and composting, then goes to landfill.
“Statistics can be dangerous things to take direct conclusions from if you’re not comparing like with like.”
According to the Eurostat data, the lowest amount of waste produced was 294 kg per person in the Czech Republic. Germany landfilled the least, only 1 per cent of the rubbish it produced.
Murphy added “Some of the figures are surprising, like the 34 per cent recycling figure for Estonia. Similarly 1 per cent of Germany’s waste being landfilled [makes me ask] is that being straight landfilled? And what proportion of the incinerated waste will go to landfill?”