A total of 18.16 million tonnes of packaging waste was generated in Germany in 2016, an increase of .05% over 2015, according to an updated report by the German Environment Agency (UBA) on the occurrence and recovery of packaging in Germany.
The amount is equivalent to 220.5 kg per capita, compared to the 167.3 kg per capita consumption in the EU in 2015. 70% of the total packaging waste was recycled, with most of the remainder used for the production of energy.
"We in Germany generate far too much packaging – taking the sad lead in Europe. It is bad for the environment and for resource consumption,” commented UBA President Maria Krautzberger. “We must now further promote recycling and the use of recycled materials in order to conserve resources.”
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