In the same year, plastic packaging made up 59 percent of all European plastic waste generation. The country that generated the largest amount of plastic packaging was Germany. The generation of plastic packaging waste has increased since 2005, and by 2015 amounted to 15.91 million metric tons.
The volume of plastic packaging sent to landfill sites in the EU-28 has decreased over the past decade, dropping to 3.4 million metric tons in 2016, compared to 7.2 million metric tons in 2006. In the same period, plastic packaging treated by recycling increased from 3.9 million metric tons to 6.8 million metric tons.
The recycling rate of plastic packaging throughout Europe has increased significantly since 2006, rising to 42.4 percent in 2016. The country with the highest plastic packaging recycling rate was Lithuania, whilst Estonia had the lowest rate.
Regarding marine waste, plastic/polystyrene pieces made up 24.79 percent of all marine litter found on beaches in Europe. The average number of plastic caps found per 100 meters of beach in Europe was highest in Sweden. Cigarette butts were a big issue with beach waste and made up 51 percent of single-use plastic littering on Baltic Sea beaches.
According to a survey conducted in 2018, 84 percent of respondents in Great Britain expressed concern with the use of plastic packaging, plastic bags, and other disposable objects. In comparison, 23 percent of respondents in Poland were not concerned with this issue.