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Total landfilled textile waste per person in the European Union (EU) 2016, by country

According to data on waste generation in the European Union (EU) countries, Belgium had the highest quantity of textile waste that went into landfills in 2016, with an average of 8.4 kilograms per capita. Following Belgium, landfilled textile waste per person was the largest in Czechia, Portugal, Italy and Austria.
Textile waste is considered non-hazardous, yet waste produced by textile and fashion industry poses serious environmental concerns. Discarded textiles and clothing can be processed to be reused and recycled. In most other cases, textile waste is sent to landfill.

Yearly total quantity of landfilled textile waste per person in the European Union (EU) in 2016, by country

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January 2020



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Supplementary notes

The source makes the following note regarding the methodology used in creating the data: "The total textile waste per country divided by its respective population, after converting the yearly textile waste from Tonnes to Kilograms. The information on each country’s population was sourced from​ 2019 Revision of World Population Prospects​."

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