Lithuania, leader in recycling

Lithuanian, leader in recycling

32 countries' data were extracted and analyzed, recording the overall percentage change year-on-year, ranking the country with the most notable increase in recycling

The European Environment Agency has seen a significant increase in household waste in Europe in recent years, as their aim of making Europe climate neutral by 2050 heightens.

With this in mind, Clear It Waste Services were keen to analyze and study which European countries have improved most when it comes to recycling household waste since 2010.

To achieve this, Clear It Waste Services utilized official data from the Eurostat database, displaying the recycling rate of municipal waste per European country from 2010 to 2019. 32 countries' data were extracted and analyzed, recording the overall percentage change year-on-year, ranking the country with the most notable increase in recycling.

Here are some of the key results:

  1. Lithuanian households have the most notable increase in recycling since 2010 at 914%
  2. Serbia has the worst recorded rate of recycling with a decrease of -70%.
  3. Germany has the highest average recycling rate in Europe with 65.5%.

Here are the overall results:

Lithuania is the European country with the most notable increase in household waste recycling with a 914% change between 2010 and 2019. With less than a 5% recycling rate back in 2010, Lithuania has shown significant increase, having jumped to a recycling rate of 49.7% documented in 2019 which gives an overall average rate of 33.8% in the studied years.

Ranking second is Croatia with a 655% increase in household recycling between 2010 to 2019. Croatia has increased to a healthy recycling rate of 30.2%, having recycled at a rate of just 4.0% in 2010.

With a recycling percentage change of 511%, Montenegro places third. But despite this result, it is worth noting that overall between 2010 and 2019, an average of just 3.6% was noted - placing second to last for countries with the most notable average change.

Rounding off the top 5 is Slovakia with a 323% recycling rate increase. Slovakia had a 9.1% recorded recycled household waste rating in 2010, increasing to 38.5% in 2019.

The countries with the lowest recycling rate:

The countries with the lowest recycling rate

Serbia is the country with the worst rate of recycling noted with a decrease of -70%. Serbia also has the lowest average rate of recycling at 0.4% out of all the European countries researched.

With no increase from 2010, Belgium has shown no notable developments in terms of recycling rates. But despite no year-on-year improvement, Belgium places third overall for the highest average recycling rate.

Countries with the highest average recycling rate in household waste

METHODOLOGY:

  1. Clear It Waste Services utilized the Eurostat database on European countries’ recycling rate of municipal waste.
  2. Raw data of official household recycling rates were accumulated from the year 2010 - 2019 for a 10-year analysis, with 2019 being the most recent year. Countries with no available data or a reported 0.00% for five years or more between the years researched were excluded from the study and any data listed by Eurostat with an indication of an estimate, break-in time series, definition difference, etc. were noted.
  3. Once the data was collated, the percentage change of the recycling rate of municipal waste for each EU country was calculated. However, if the data was unavailable for the starting/and or most recent year analyzed, the most recent data year available was calculated instead. The average recycling rate of municipal waste from 2010-2019 was also calculated for additional figures.
  4. Each country was ranked according to the percentage change and any European countries with the most notable percentage increase in household recycling rate were ranked favorably.
  5. Data was collected on 02/07/2021 and is subject to change.

Lithuania, leader in recycling

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