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Recycling Around the World

Recycling Around the World A-Z: Switzerland

There is no surprise that Switzerland take recycling very seriously, often being at the top of the recycling charts.  Largely driven by financial incentive, recycling is free but to throw out normal household rubbish there is a cost, over the month and year this can add up.

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Romania

Around 63% of the population of Romania have access to a waste collection service with almost 6 million tonnes of waste collected and treated every year, despite this recycling rates are very low with some parts of the country no waste is recycled at all, to help with this a national target has been set to bring the recycling levels up to 50% by 2020.

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Qatar

Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world mainly due to the natural oil resources, with an ever increasing population the 3 landfills in Qatar will be filling up rapidly.  One reason for this is the country's recycing rate is at a low 8%, to combat this, a recycling centre has been created, but reluctance and funding could cause issues.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Poland

The rates of recycling in Poland have risen from 5% in 2004 to around 21%, even though this is still below the EU average of 40%.  The waste management has changed since the 1990's, local authorities had no obligation to run any programme, instead this lay with the householders, residents had to arrange a contract with a company of their choice and when money was tight people went for the cheaper option.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Oman

Waste management in Oman is a challenge due to the limted land, it produces around 1.7 million tonnes per year and most solid waste is sent to official and unofficial dumpsites for disposal, and some of these are near waterways and residential aras.  The future looks bright though with the country due to open 13 sanitary landfills and 36 energy recovery facilities.

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : New Zealand

The management of waste in New Zealand has become more regulated to help reduce any damage to the environment, in the past waste was taken to a dump but there was no control to where these dumps were, there used to be an estimated 327 in 1995 reducing to around 100 now.  The problems with the unregulated dumps was that they used to be near waterways which toxins could seep into and cause damage.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : Malta

Malta is made uo of 3 islands in the Mediterranean Sea and has a population of 416,000 people and the local council are responsible for the collection and disposal of waste.  Residents are encourgaged to recycle using designated points and are also encouraged to list items which can be recycled for free for anyone who wants them.

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Laos

With a steadily increasing population, there is an inevitable amount on increasing waste., with up to 250 tonnes of waste ends up in landfill every day, which equates to about 0.75kg of waste per person with the main problem in this area being the lack of awareness on how to dispose of waste properly.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z: Kenya

Kenya has an ever increasing population with the capital alone creating over 3000 tonnes of waste, with only 1/4 of this making it to the Cities only rubbish dump, most of the rubbish ends up strewn across the country in sewers and streets.  To address this, the city council teamed up with the UN environmental programme to help develop a waste management plan and to help create a plan for recycling.  

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Recycling Around the World A-Z : Japan

Recycling is important in Japan, with a large population and little lady, there isn't much option so there is no wonder that Japan currently recycles around 50% of waste,  and one of the ways this is achieved is making laws regarding recycling.  Tourists are not exempt from the recycling laws.  

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