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Eurostat: Nearly 42% of Plastic Packaging Waste Recycled in the EU in 2017

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Close to 42 percent of plastic packaging waste was recycled in the EU in 2017 according to Eurostat. Lithuania, Bulgaria and Cyprus are the recycling leaders, with Malta, Finland and France coning in last. Poland processes around one third of such waste.

Eurostat data shows that in 2017, 41.9 percent of plastic packaging waste was recycled throughout the EU. A year earlier it was 42.4 percent, in 2015 - 39.9 percent, in 2014 - 38.9 percent. In 2006, 26.4 percent such waste was recycled in the EU.

Compared to 2005, the level of recycling of plastic packaging waste increased by 18 percent. This growing trend is observed in all Member States except Croatia.

According to the European Statistical Office, in 2017 the highest level of recycling of plastic packaging waste was achieved by Lithuania (74 percent). They were followed by Bulgaria (65%), Cyprus (62% - data for 2016), Slovenia (60%), Czechia (59%), Slovakia (52%) and the Netherlands (50%).

In last place were: Malta (24% - 2016 data), Estonia, France and Finland (27% each), Ireland (31%), Hungary (32%), Luxembourg and Austria (33%).

According to Eurostat data, 34.6% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in Poland. (PAP)

author: Michał Boroń

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