Largest volume of solid waste ends up in landfills, only 15% sent for recycling

Landfills received 79.5% of the 521 thousand tonnes of municipal solid waste treated in 2017, the Statistical Service said on Wednesday.

Cystat added that 15.0% was sorted for recycling, 2.0% was composted, 3.2% was used for backfilling and 0.3% was incinerated for energy recovery purposes.

The Statistical Service estimated that the total amount of municipal solid waste generated in Cyprus in 2017 stood at 547 thousand tonnes from 545 thousand tonnes in 2016, recording a small increase of 0.36%.

During 2016 (data for 2017 are not yet available), the average amount of municipal solid waste generated per inhabitant in the European Union was 483 kg.

According to Cystat, in Cyprus, the per capita generation of municipal solid waste in 2016 reached 642 kg, which is the second highest among the member states of the EU. Denmark has the highest per capita generation of municipal solid waste (777 kg). Germany was third (627 kg), followed by Malta (621 kg) and Luxembourg (614 kg).

Source: Cyprus News Agency