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Who recycles the most in Europe?

The European Environment Agency recently revealed that Austria and Germany have the highest rates of recycling with 63% and 62% respectively. Other countries with high recycling rates include Belgium (58%), the Netherlands (51%) and Switzerland (51%). Countries to drastically improve their rates include the United Kingdom which rose from 12% to 39% and Ireland which rose from 11% to 36% from 2001 to 2010.

2010 saw 35% of waste in the whole of the EU being recycled, which was up from 23% in 2001. the 2020 target is to recycle half of all household waste.

Do you think this target is reasonable?

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