In Germany are always collected some more organic waste. In the past year, approximately 125 kilograms per capita – to a new high, as the Federal statistics office. The reason for the positive development is the introduction of the compost bin. Since the beginning of 2015, the separate recycling of organic waste is required by law in Germany. And who is not composted yourself, get a garbage can with a brown lid.

In the tons collected valuable raw materials for the production of Biogas and fertilizer. With your help, bioenergy can be generated – without having to waste pointless arable land, for example, for Maize mono-cultures. Also, fertilizers can save farmers through the use of compost. In addition, the emergence of the separate collection of Biowaste climate-impacting methane on landfill sites to avoid.

However, discovered in the bio-waste containers is always plastic waste, which leads to significant problems. Read more about it here.

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The current garbage balance sheet shows only positive developments. Overall, every German throws away, therefore, an average of 462 kg of waste per year. This includes valuable materials such as packaging, paper and glass, and bulky waste. A total of 38.3 million tonnes of waste were collected from households. The were 0.2 million tonnes more than in 2016, at the Per-capita rate changed because of the increased population, but nothing.

The bulky waste as a whole increased slightly to 2.5 million metric tons – per-capita of the 30 kilograms of goods. Packaging, paper and glass amounted to 12.2 million tons or 148 kg per capita. The largest Items in the residual waste from power: 13.1 million tonnes or 158 kg per inhabitant, after all, a kilo less than in the previous year.


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