Data and maps

Latest Eurostat Figures: Municipal Waste Treatment 2017

April 2019

Each year after publication of the Eurostat figures for Municipal Waste Treatment, CEWEP produces many graphs based on this data in order to show the state of waste treatment in Europe.

This particular graph shows the share of recycling (including composting), Waste-to-Energy and landfilling of municipal waste in each EU Member State (plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), sorted by share of landfilling. It also displays the missing data, which includes the gaps between the waste generated in the country and the waste treated.

In 2017 the leading country for recycling is Germany, with 68% of municipal waste either recycled or composted. While 8 Member States landfill less than 10 % of their waste – which is the target set by the new Landfill Directive for 2035 – 7 or 8* Member States still landfill more than 60 % of their municipal waste.

*The situation for Latvia is unclear, as 47% of the municipal waste generated in the country is not associated with any treatment method. In 2015 (last reliable figure), Latvia landfilled 67% of its municipal waste.

The graph can be downloaded here or by clicking on the picture below.

See also

Municipal waste treatment