Countries overstating recycle rates, says EEB report

Some of Europe’s top recycling countries could be overstating their rates according to research from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

Some of Europe’s top recycling countries could be overstating their rates according to research from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

A new ranking compiled with consultancy Eunomia compared data from EU statistical agency Eurostat and the OECD on a like-for-like basis. The results show that some countries’ recycling rates could be lower than reported.

The report found big differences in countries’ reported rates such as the inclusion of construction and demolition wastes, commercial wastes, incinerator bottom ash, contamination within dry recycling and biowaste, Mechanical and Biological Treatment inputs and outputs, and recycling processing losses.

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