Data collated by the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) show that Serbia reuses only 4% of the total amount of treated waste, while the share of reused waste at the EU level is 49.4%, reveals the publication “Environmental Statistics and Accounts”, published by the State Statistics Office (RZS).
Only Romania (3.5%) and Bulgaria (2.9%) have a lower share of reused waste than Serbia, while Slovenia, with 93%, is well above the European average, as is Hungary, with about 69%. Croatia, which has a share of around 56%, is slightly above the EU average. The data refer to 2018.
In 2018, EU countries generated an average of about 5.1 tonnes of waste per capita. With 7.3 tonnes per capita, Serbia was above the European average, but below the average of Bulgaria (18.5 tonnes per capita) and Romania (10.4 tonnes per capita).
The other three countries in the region generate less waste per capita than the European average: Slovenia 4 tonnes, Hungary 1.9 and Croatia 1.4 tonnes per capita. The share of reused waste in the total treated waste in most countries of the region increased in 2018 compared to 2016.
All sectors (including households) in Serbia generated 66.6 million tonnes of waste in 2019, with the largest amount (53.8 million tonnes) coming from the mining sector. The estimated annual amount of household waste is about two million tonnes or 284.6 kilogrammes per capita.
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