According to the latest statistics from Eurostat, the average municipal waste generated by each person during 2008 in the European Union was 524 kg. Of this, 40 per cent was land-filled, 20 per cent incinerated, 23 per cent recycled and 17 per cent composted.
Those figures indicate that the amount of waste generated in the European Union remained virtually the same from 2007, when the estimated average was 525 kg a head.
According to the report on Bulgaria, 467 kg of waste was generated by each person. Of this, 100 kg was buried, or land-filled. But under the slots "incinerated", "recycled" and "composted", Bulgaria scored zero, which does not explain what happened to the remaining 367 kg of waste generated by each person over the course of a year. Presumably, they are being stored somewhere in a large smelly pit for the benefit of posterity.
The report says that in countries like Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus and Luxembourg, more than 700 kg of municipal waste per person was generated in 2008, in the case of Denmark, 802, the highest. They are followed by Malta, the Netherlands and Austria, all with values between 600 and 700 kg per person and then Germany, Estonia, Spain, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, all with between 500 and 600 kg.
Bulgaria's southern neighbour Greece, generated 453 kg of waste, of which 77 kg was landfilled, 21 recycled and two composted. Romanians, on the other hand, were considerably "cleaner" with only 382 kg of waste generated, 99 kg of which was landfilled, and have recycled one kg.
Denmark has incinerated the most, 54 kg a person, Germany has recycled the most, 48 kg a person, while Austria has composted the most, 40 kg a person.