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There are some facts about the world that will catch you by surprise, no matter what you are ready for. When concerned with waste statistics, you will most likely be caught off guard, as you do not really have any idea how the world is dealing with waste.
Hold on to your chairs! Here are some of those waste statistics:
• Turkey, Greece, and Mexico send over 90% of all their waste to the landfill
• Japan incinerates 80% of its waste, and Sweden – 50%
• Germany and Sweden are the greenest countries in the world, sending less than 10% of their waste to landfills
• Austria, Italy, and Spain are the only countries that compost over 30% of their waste
• South Korea is the only country in the world that recycles 50% of its waste
• Paper can be recycled over 5 times before it finally dissipates
• Glass and some types of plastic require the least amount of energy for recycling
• Aluminium and glass can be recycled indefinitely
Turkey and Mexico in particular never recycle and never incinerate waste – they sometimes compost, but they send over 96% of their waste to the landfills, which puts them among the biggest polluters on the planet. Greece is a close third with about 91%. Despite it not being that popular, some countries are using incineration to deal with waste now, but Japan is taking it to the maximum and uses fire on 80% of its waste.
Composting is not a very popular method of dealing with waste, as shown in many countries. And, surprising to every party involved, South Korea is actually the only country that strives to recycle every single piece of recyclable material. Despite it not being the greenest country, it still recycles more materials than any other country.
Aluminium and glass are among the most helpful materials you can send for recycling. They require less energy to make and you can remake them as many times as you want. Their recyclability is endless and they are the perfect material to send for recycling. Statistics show that trees cannot be completely saved by constantly recycling paper since it has a limited amount of recyclability factor, but its fibres are nonetheless among the best materials for up-cycling.
With these statistics in mind, you can have a sense of how helpful glass, aluminium, paper, and plastic are when recycling. Disposing of them properly them means taking really good care of the environment. Just look at Germany and Sweden – they know how to do it best and you can take a leaf out of their book – it’s probably a recycled material.