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Estimated municipal waste recycling rate of EU member states by 2020

This statistic shows the results of a 2018 study on the estimated municipal waste recycling rate of EU member states by 2020. Romania was the country most likely to miss the EU's recycling target, with an estimated recycling rate of 19 percent by 2020. By comparison, Italy, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania were all forecast to reach the 2020 target.

European Union member states most likely to miss 2020 municipal waste recycling target as of 2018

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Source

Release date

October 2018

Region

Europe, EU

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The 2020 municipal waste recycling target was introduced by the European Commission with the goal of having 50% of all municipal waste in its member states recycled.

The source consulted the following reports in order to estimate forecasted figures: "European Environment Agency / European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (2016) Country Fact Sheets on Municipal Waste Management, October 2016
European Environment Agency / Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (2013) Municipal Waste Management in 32 European Countries, February 2013
BiPRO (2013) Factsheets and Roadmaps, Report for the DG Environment of the European Commission, May 2013.
Eunomia Research & Consulting et al. (2015) Factsheets and Roadmaps, Report for the DG Environment of the European Commission, June 2016.
BiPRO and Copenhagen Resource Institute (2015) Assessment of Separate Collection Schemes in the 28 Capitals of the EU, Report for DG Environment of the European Commission, November 2015.
BiPRO and Copenhagen Resource Institute (2014) National Factsheets on Separate Collection, Report for DG Environment of the European Commission.
BiPRO (2016) Detailed Assessment of Waste Management Plans, Report for DG Environment of the European Commission, January 2016.
Eunomia Research & Consulting and Copenhagen Resource Institute (2014) Development of a Modelling Tool on Waste Generation and Management, Report for DG Environment of the European Commission, February 2014.
Waste Framework Directive Implementation Reports submitted to DG Environment.
Member State Quality Reports submitted to Eurostat."

* The source adds the following information: " Romania is considering changing the method, but no data on its performance according to Method 2 is currently available."

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