How many millions of tons of waste do we produce?

  •   July 21st, 2014
  •   Category: News
  •   Posted by: Ecodyger

A world of waste

How many times watching tv, listening to the radio or reading the papers you have heard about the “waste problem”? We live in a world of maximum consumerism and as a result we create a world with the big problem of how to dispose of waste considering their environmental impact. Producing and throwing away an impressive body of waste is now considered a normal thing, but before the industrial era and the consumer society, it was not.

The complex machine of waste collection involves everyday people, means of collection and transportation, equipment and financial resources so our contribution in reducing the amount of waste produced and differentiate properly is crucial.

Data sources are important

Introduction of the difficulty in obtaining official data on the production and management of waste in the Member States of the European Union today consists of 27 countries, commonly referred as EU-27 or EU, we can indicate that the main source of all the studies analyzed by sector as well as for the economic and demographic data is Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union.

The most recent and well-established data are those published by the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, ISPRA in its Annual Report Solid Waste and this is the source to which they refer all the information we give you.

How much waste do we produce in Europe?

The production of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in the EU has achieved in recent years the crazy big mass of 252 million tons. Imagine a weight equivalent to what you could get lining up as many as 36 copies of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. But the most striking thing is that as much as 35% is still organic waste. A true world of waste to collect, transport and dispose.

produzione rifiuti in Europa

In 2011, the average production per capita at EU level was equal to 502 kg per capita per year. Compared to the previous two years production fell by 1%, but do not delude ourselves why this data is simply linked to the great international economic crisis which has reduced the consumption of goods.

With Ecodyger is possible to reduce the size and volume of organic waste 70-90%. This means that if everyone in Europe were using Ecodyger, we would produce at least 61 million tons less of waste. Furthermore Ecodyger transforms organic waste into a resource that can be used in many ways, including as compost.

Which countries produce more and less waste in Europe?

The most talented are the inhabitants of Estonia that produce only, so to speak, 298 kg per capita per year, while the more high waste producers are the Danes with their 718 kg per capita per year.

And the Italians? We are just above the European average and produce 528 kg per capita per year. The calculation is very simple and is obtained by dividing the total production for the resident population as at 31 December of the reference year (source: ISPRA).

An interesting note to distinct the difference between the old and new Member States, with the latter characterized by values of production per capita much lower. In fact, the average of the old EU-15 was 541 kg per capita per year, while for the new member countries the figure speaks of only 347 kg per capita per year. This difference is due to reasons of an essentially economic. The economies of the Member States have recently entered are historically weaker than those who founded the EU. It is clear that the volume of consumption should continue to be adversely affected by poor economic conditions and it results in a lower per capita production of waste. The only exceptions production data relating to Cyprus and Malta, respectively equal to 658 and 583 kg per capita per year, which stood well above the average of the 27 states. This particular situation can be justified by the considerable part of the population variable in these countries, due to the considerable tourists who visit the two islands, especially in hot weather.

In general, as mentioned above, waste production fell slightly in the last two years, mainly because of the crisis and the consequent reduction in consumption, it is also fair to ask if the crisis at hand, more virtuous patterns of production are settling in accordance with the  European Directive 2008/98.

Where does all the waste we produce ends?

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