EU steel can recycling stagnates in 1998

First year-on-year drop in rate possibly due to accounting changes rather than real fall in recycling

The recycling rate for steel packaging in EU countries declined slightly from 1997 to 1998 marking the first year-on-year fall for a decade, according to figures just released by the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (Apeal). Collected from a variety of official sources, the statistics show that 51% of steel packaging consumed in nine EU countries was recycled in 1998, down a whisker from the 52% headline rate in 1997. John-Paul Taverne of Apeal remained positive about the future for steel recycling. He also stressed that the significant drop in UK recycling was largely due to an increased estimate of consumption rather than an actual fall in recycling effort.. Mr Taverne noted that 1997 recycling figures for Germany and the Netherlands had been revised. In the former case, Apeal relied on figures supplied by the national packaging collection firm DSD until this year, when DSD estimated 1998 steel can recycling at 115% - a clear indication of "free riders" exploiting the system without paying for it. Apeal has therefore started using a different estimate supplied by its German member association. Luxembourg is included in the 1998 statistics for the first time, with a substantial increase in its recycling rate expected in 1999, according to Mr Taverne.
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Exceedences of 180 ug/m3 ozone in the
EU, summer 1999
           Days with    Stations with
          exceedances    exceedances
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Austria        8           15 (13%)
Belgium       11           21 (70%)
Denmark        0            0 ( 0%)
Finland        0            0 ( 0%)
France        42           80 (29%)
Germany       19           89 (22%)
Greece        53            9 (60%)
Ireland        0            0 ( 0%)
Italy         68           83 (44%)
Luxembourg     2            2 (40%)
Netherlands    7           19 (49%)
Portugal      10            8 (44%)
Spain         40           38 (14%)
Sweden         0            0 ( 0%)
UK             9           30 (42%)
EU Total    1451          394 (27%)
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Source:  European Environment Agency
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