The German environment ministry said on Monday that 70% of waste arising in 1996 had been recovered. Industry estimates used to set a baseline for the deal had suggested recovery was under 40%. As a result, the figures show, the industry exceeded in 1996 already a commitment in the agreement to halve the quantity of waste it dumped in landfills by 2005.
According to the monitoring report, 83m tonnes of construction and demolition wastes were generated in Germany in 1996, of which 58m tonnes were recovered. This means that only 25m tonnes were disposed of, which is less than half the 54m tonnes assumed to be going to landfill annually when the agreement was signed.
Environment minister Jürgen Trittin said that he hoped recycling levels could be kept at a high level after this "promising start" and called on the industry to reduce total waste arisings.
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