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Recycling rate of municipal waste
Catalonia Spain European Union-27
2018 41.7 34.8 47.2
2017 39.9 36.1 46.9
2016 38.6 33.9 46.5
2015 39.0 30.0 44.9
2014 38.2 30.8 43.4
2013 37.9 32.5 41.5
2012 39.1 29.8 40.9
2011 40.6 26.7 38.9
2010 40.5 29.2 38.0
2009 37.5 33.2 37.3
2008 34.4 39.7 36.5
2007 33.6 30.6 35.2
2006 32.0 31.2 0.0
2005 29.1 31.4 0.0
2004 25.4 30.9 0.0
2003 22.6 28.7 0.0
2002 19.8 29.3 0.0
2001 16.8 21.4 0.0
2000 14.0 18.4 0.0
Units: Percentage.
Source Catalonia: Ministry of Territory and Sustainability. Catalan Waste Agency. Source Spain and European Union: Eurostat.

Last update: September 23, 2021.

Methodological note

The indicator measures the tonnage recycled from municipal waste divided by the total municipal waste arising. Recycling includes material recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. Municipal waste consists mostly of waste generated by households, but may also include similar wastes generated by small businesses and public institutions and collected by the municipality. This latter part of municipal waste may vary from municipality to municipality and from country to country, depending on the local waste management system. For areas not covered by a municipal waste collection scheme the amount of waste generated is estimated.

The Member States report each year the amount recycled and the total municipal waste generated to Eurostat. Data collection, validation and dissemination are performed by the EDC Waste hosted at Eurostat.