Denmark successfully cutting household waste

A survey by Denmark's environmental protection agency has found that household waste generation is "slowly but surely" falling. It dropped 16%, from 1979 and 10% from 1992, to 515kg per household per year in 2001. Household waste generation rose over the same period in most EU countries. Denmark's downward trend was most pronounced in recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard and glass; food waste volumes remained constant; use of disposable nappies increased markedly. The results appear to demonstrate the efficacy of collection and recycling regulations, the EPA says. See study and EU household waste indicator.

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