Nicosia, November 18, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Around 75% of the total amount of municipal solid waste generated in Cyprus in 2014 was disposed in landfills, while the country has one of the highest percentage of per capita waste generation in the EU, the Statistical Service of Cyprus announced Wednesday.
The Statistical Service estimates that the total amount of municipal solid waste generated in Cyprus in 2014 stood at 534 thousand tonnes compared to 542 thousand tonnes in 2013, recording a decrease of 1.5%.
From the total amount generated in 2014, 75% was disposed in landfills, 12% was sorted for composting and the remaining 13% is estimated to have been sorted for recycling.
During 2013 (data for 2014 are not yet available), the amount of municipal solid waste generated per inhabitant in the European Union was 481 kg. In Cyprus, the per capita generation of municipal solid waste in 2013 reached 629 kg and is one of the highest among the member states of the EU. At similarly high levels as Cyprus are Denmark (747 kg), Luxembourg (653 kg) and Germany (617 kg).