As per the Eurostat report, on average in the EU, 31kg of plastic packaging waste is produced per person per year. This adds up to 15.8 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste generated in the EU in one year. Among the EU Member States, the amount of plastic waste generated per person ranged from 12kg in Croatia to 60kg in Ireland. For all Member States, this amount has increased steadily over the last decade.

Around 40% of this waste is recycled. the EU set a goal of recycling 55% of all plastic by 2030. Meanwhile, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a plan to end all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. While efforts are being made to tackle plastic waste, the scale of the problem is so enormous that it may require radically rethinking the way we make and use plastics.

The annual plastic packaging waste per head of the population in 2016 in terms of kilos in each region are:
57.9 - Ireland,
53.1 - Luxembourg,
49.1 - Estonia,
37.6 - Germany,
37.5 - Denmark,
36.7 - Portugal,
36.5 - Italy,
34.5 - United Kingdom,
34.1 - Austria,
32.8 - Spain,
32.6 - France,
31.5 - Hungary,
31.9 - EU-28.


Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/16502/annual-plastic-waste-per-head-of-the-population/
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Annual plastic waste per head of the population in 2016

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As per the Eurostat report, on average in the EU, 31kg of plastic packaging waste is produced per person per year. This adds up to 15.8 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste generated in the EU in one year. Among the EU Member States, the amount of plastic waste generated per person ranged from 12kg in Croatia to 60kg in Ireland. For all Member States, this amount has increased steadily over the last decade.

Around 40% of this waste is recycled. the EU set a goal of recycling 55% of all plastic by 2030. Meanwhile, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a plan to end all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. While efforts are being made to tackle plastic waste, the scale of the problem is so enormous that it may require radically rethinking the way we make and use plastics.

The annual plastic packaging waste per head of the population in 2016 in terms of kilos in each region are:
57.9 - Ireland,
53.1 - Luxembourg,
49.1 - Estonia,
37.6 - Germany,
37.5 - Denmark,
36.7 - Portugal,
36.5 - Italy,
34.5 - United Kingdom,
34.1 - Austria,
32.8 - Spain,
32.6 - France,
31.5 - Hungary,
31.9 - EU-28.


Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/16502/annual-plastic-waste-per-head-of-the-population/
Image license: CC-BY-ND

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