Ireland praised for improving recycling rates

Tuesday 19 March 2013 17.34
Although recycling rates have improved, Europe is still sending vast quantities of valuable resources to landfill
Although recycling rates have improved, Europe is still sending vast quantities of valuable resources to landfill

Ireland has been praised by the European Environment Agency for having one of the fastest increased rates of recycling in the EU.

In a report released today, the EEA found that Ireland increased the share of municipal waste recycling from 11% to 36% between 2001 and 2010.

Recycling rates were highest in Austria at 63%, followed by Germany at 62% and Belgium at 58%, in 2010.

The agency said although some countries have rapidly increased recycling rates, Europe is still wasting vast quantities of valuable resources by sending them to landfill.