Irish are sixth on rubbish league
IRISH people discarded
a whopping 600kg of rubbish per person Ė or the
equivalent weight of a large dairy cow, in a single
year, a new report shows.
Ireland currently ranks sixth on a league table of
the amount of municipal waste discarded by
individuals across Europe in 2017.
The average waste generated per person in the
European Union was 486kg.
Irelandís tally of 581kg, meanwhile, tips the scales
at the same weight as a healthy male polar bear;
half a small car or the heart of a massive blue
Wheelie? Irelandís tally of 581kg is sixth on
European rubbish league.
Denmark generated most
municipal waste per person in 2017 at 781kg followed
by Cyprus (637kg) and Germany (633kg), according to
the figures from Eurostat.
At the opposite end of the scale, Romania generated
least waste at 272kg per person followed by Poland
(315kg). UK citizens generated 468kg each.
Municipal waste is defined as that collected by or
on behalf of local authorities and disposed of
through systems including landfill, recycling and
It also includes waste from shops, offices and
Eurostat said the EU average of 486kg in 2017 was a
seven per cent drop compared to 2002 when 525kg of
municipal waste was generated by each person.
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