Recycling of biowaste

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i() The indicator is indirectly measured as the ratio of composted/methanised municipal waste (in mass unit) over the total population (in number). The ratio is expressed in kg per capita.

The underlying assumption is that, by and large, the only reasonable treatment of biowaste is composting or anaerobic digestion.

Interpretation of the indicator

Although it is desirable to know the rate of municipal biowaste recycling, there is no reliable data on waste generation for this fraction as part of the biowaste ends in the mixed municipal waste. (iii) all EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Kingdom

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Source Statistics | Eurostat (
Last Updated February 1, 2022, 07:56 (UTC)
Created January 26, 2022, 10:47 (UTC)
Access level Public
Data timespan 2000-2019
Data update frequency once a year
Geographical area Europe
Language English
Organization Eurostat
Time interval yearly