People are more aware on the issue of environmental waste than ever. But what is it really? B-Cap offers you an answer about waste and its treatment in Europe.
Where does all this trash come from?
As we can see in this table, in 2014, waste generation in the EU-28 is +/- 2.5 million tonnes. This impressive figure includes waste from all economic activities as well as those from households.
In the EU-28, construction accounted for 34.7% of the total, followed by the extractive industries (28%), manufacturing (10.2%), water and waste services (9.1%) and households (8.3%); the remaining 9.5% was waste generated by other economic activities of which mainly services (3.9%) and energy (3.7%).
Therefore, if we count the total waste produced in the EU-28 divided by the number of the total European population, a European citizen indirectly produces almost 5 tons of waste per year.
Municipal waste statistics are interesting because they give us a more realistic idea of the amount of waste directly produced by an average European citizen.
Municipal waste includes waste collected by or on behalf of municipal authorities, or directly by the private sector (companies or private non-profit institutions) not operating on behalf of municipalities. Most of the waste stream comes from households, although assimilated waste from sources such as businesses, offices, public institutions and some municipal services are also included. They also include bulky items but not sanitary waste and municipal construction and demolition waste.
Where does all this trash go?
Most municipal waste in Europe is buried, incinerated, recycled or composted. 98.75% of municipal waste was treated this way in 2015. This was an improvement over 1995.
We can also note on the chart that every year, the amount of waste that is incinerated, recycled, and composted improves year over year. In 20 years, recycling and composting respectively increased by 176 and 185% respectively in Europe. Today, just over 45% of European municipal waste is treated this way which is a good sign.
Solutions do exist
Indeed, solutions exist to improve the treatment of waste, such as the sorting of household waste in garbage bags of distinct colors to facilitate the recycling of varied materials such as metal or plastic. Citizens’ behavior is changing and all of this is good for the environment. But the most effective solution would simply be to reduce the amount of waste produced. For that, many small gestures can make the difference.
Consumers can act directly by sorting their waste, buying unpackaged products, or using a basket instead of a plastic bag to do their shopping.
Producers can also play a significant role in reducing waste production. This what B-CAP chooses to do by offering eco-friendly products to its customers. Indeed, on average, the production of one B-CAP capsules requires only half the amount of plastic as the standard PET bottles, and considerably less energy to blow them into shape or heat them to make them fit for sensitive, active ingredients and formulas.
As you can see there is a lot of thing to be done to reduce waste. Do not wait and adopt the ideal behaviour as a consumer and as a company.
Be smart, B-cap!