Value of substances in the waste: So much garbage is disposed of incorrectly

The Germans dispose of the goods only half as much residual waste as the mid-eighties: In the year 2018, it is 128 kilograms per inhabitant and, thus, 46 percen

Value of substances in the waste: So much garbage is disposed of incorrectly

The Germans dispose of the goods only half as much residual waste as the mid-eighties: In the year 2018, it is 128 kilograms per inhabitant and, thus, 46 percent less than in 1985, as the Federal environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal environment Agency (UBA) on Tuesday at the launch of a UBA-informed study. This is not to say, however, that the Germans produce less waste – recyclable materials such as waste paper, waste glass and also plastic will now be collected will increasingly separated.And still, too much organic waste and recyclables ends up in the waste bins.

For the last Time had been studied between the years of 1983 und1985, what and how a lot of the former citizens of the Federal Republic of disposed of as residual waste. In the new UBA-investigation of municipal waste up to 80 percent compared with less waste paper, waste glass, metals or plastics in the examined waste tons. The BMU referred to the improved separation of Waste. "The environmental policy has moved in the past decades, the recovery of waste a lot," said environment Secretary of state Jochen Flasbarth.

However, there is still much to be done: "still contain valuable raw materials to land more in the residual waste bin", says Flasbarth. Only about a third of the residual waste found waste belonged to according to the study, there. With around 39 percent of the largest part of the tons of content from organic waste such as kitchen and garden, therefore, was waste. So-called dry materials, including, for example, textiles, wood and e-waste, accounted for 27 percent.

More reusable instead of disposable

pollutant-containing solvents, building wastes, energy-saving lamps and batteries were reported, although only a share of 0.5 per cent of the residual waste content. However, old batteries and rechargeable batteries came "in about 60 percent of the analyzed waste samples, although you must be collected separately", according to BMU and UBA. Overall, the rest of the garbage cans in the cities were not only full of as in the suburbs and in the country, but would also contain more erroneously discarded materials.

"More reusable instead of disposable, and clear guidelines for disposable products and packaging, as they are presented in a disposable plastic Directive, here are the right way to go", said UBA President Dirk Messner. Just bio-waste is the residual waste "much too precious", because it is completely recyclable and a source of energy. "Our goal is a true circular economy in the hardly any residual waste and the raw materials are re-used," said Flasbarth.

Updated Date: 28 July 2020, 12:19

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