Germany’s packaging waste soared to record high in 2017

The volume of packaging waste recorded in Germany climbed to a record high in 2017, the country’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) announced on Monday.

It said 18.7 million tons of packaging waste were generated that year – the equivalent of 226.5 kilograms per person and 3 per cent more than in the previous year.

Private consumers were responsible for 47 per cent, or 107 kilograms, per capita.

The environmental authority published its report at the start of the European Week for Waste Reduction. The reasons given for the increase in packaging included trends towards online shipping and the popularity of take-away food and drink.

While there is a lot of packaging waste in Germany, a large proportion of it is recycled – just under 70 per cent, the UBA reported.

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