Use of recycled materials remains low in the EU

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Only 12% of material resources used in the European Union in 2016 came from recycled products and recovered materials.

According to Eurostat, the rates of recycling and the use of recycled products in the European Union are at record levels, practically double the recycling rate for plastic packaging since 2005. This based on statistics compiled in 2016.

The EU was said to have recycled around 55% of all waste in 2016, with the rate of recovering construction and demolition waste hitting 89%. The recycling rate of packaging waste exceeded 67% while the rate of plastic packaging was over 42%. The recycling rate for municipal waste stood at 46% in 2017 while that for waste of electrical and electronic equipment which include valuable materials which can be recovered in the EU reached 41% in 2016.

Eurostat found that on average only 12% of material resources used in the EU in 2016 came from recycled products and recovered materials. This indicator, called circular material use rate, measures the contribution of recycled materials to overall demand.

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