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Estimated number of illegal dumps in Europe 2021, by country

Waste is illegally dumped at thousands of sites across Europe. There were more than 9,000 illegal dumps reported in Albania as of 2021. This was followed by Slovakia and Romania, which had 8,334 and 7,173 illegal dumps, respectively. Romania disposes of the most non-hazardous waste into landfills in the European Union. Open dumps and landfills are the most common waste disposal methods worldwide.

Number of illegal dumps reported in Europe as of 2021, by country

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Release date

March 2021



Survey time period

March 2021

Supplementary notes

The ranking does not show European countries with less than ten estimated illegal dumps.

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