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80 per cent of Europeans want their country to waste less

Jun 30, 2014 | News

(30 June 2014) – According to a new survey, most European citizens think their own country is generating too much waste.

The survey on the “Attitudes of Europeans towards Waste Management and Resource Efficiency” indicates that 96% of respondents say it is important for them that Europe uses its resources more efficiently: 68% say this is very important for them, and just 3% of respondents say this issue is not important.

Across the EU, nine out of ten respondents now sort paper/cardboard/beverage cartons (90%), plastics (90%) and glass (88%), at least occasionally, while three quarters sort household hazardous waste (79%), metal cans (78%), electrical waste (76%) and kitchen waste (74%).

There are, however, major differences between Member States, with replies ranging from 99% (paper in Austria) to 28% (hazardous waste in Romania).

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