Environmental protection, sustainability and waste disposal. Everyone talks about how important it is. Laws have been passed for years to regulate these issues. But what about progress? Or rather, how much recycling is possible at all. We have picked out a few figures that will shed some light on the subject. We take Germany as an example.
How much packaging waste is generated in Germany?
The Federal Environment Agency has plenty of figures on this. For example, how consumption has developed in recent years depending on the type of material:
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It is easy to see here that a lot of packaging waste is still produced in Germany. Paper is used more than ever before. Fortunately, this raw material is sustainable and grows again. It can be easily recovered and disposed of.
The situation is less beautiful with plastic. Plastic has actually almost doubled from 2000 to 2016. Perhaps you know this. Today, every little thing, every product comes in plastic packaging.
What is the recycling rate of different materials?
|COMBINED PACKAGING MATERIALS||80%