Packaging waste statistics

The environmental impacts caused by the generation and treatment of waste are raising serious concerns.

  • As waste generation also represents an inefficient use of valuable resources, prevention and better management of waste is one of the top priorities of the EU’s sustainable development strategy.
  • Although the magnitude of the different waste streams varies across European countries, it is possible to identify waste streams that require specific consideration – such as packaging waste.

This article examines the recent statistics on packaging waste in the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU). In particular it summarises the developments during the period 2005 – 2011 for which official reporting on packaging waste for all Member States was implemented.