Recycling around the world

Americans are the most wasteful. They produced 740kg trash per person in 2003. Of this, 31% was recycled or composted.

In Japan the population emit around 410kg per person. Nearly 80% of it was incinerated, and 16% recycled.

Only Britain recycled less, burying most of its rubbish in landfill sites instead. By contrast, green-minded Germany recycled 57% of its total municipal waste, including nearly 90% of all glass and over 70% of paper and cardboard (carton).







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