Half a tonne of municipal waste generated per person in the EU

Almost 225 million tonnes of municipal waste was generated in the EU in 2019.

This corresponds to 502 kg per person, a small increase compared with 2018 (495 kg), although down from the peak in 2008 (518 kg).

At 844 kg, Denmark generated the most municipal waste per person among the EU Member States in 2019. Other countries that generated more than 600 kg of municipal waste per person were Luxembourg (791 kg), Malta (694 kg), Cyprus (642 kg) and Germany (609 kg).

At the other end of the scale, Romania generated 280 kg of municipal waste per person in 2019. Three further EU Member States also generated less than 400 kg per person: Poland (336 kg), Estonia (369 kg) and Hungary (387 kg).


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