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Total incinerated textile waste per person in the EU 2016, by country

According to data on waste generation in the European Union (EU) countries, Belgium had the highest textile waste that ended up being incinerated in 2016, with an average of 3.7 kilograms per capita. Among the fifteen EU countries included in this graph, Italy had the highest yearly total textile waste, having generated more than 466 thousand metric tonnes of textile waste that year.
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 or incinerated.

Yearly total quantity of incinerated 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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