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A couple of years ago I had this Italian friend visiting and one morning I woke up, headed on out to the kitchen, was about to throw something away and that’s when it happened… I found a plastic bottle in the garbage!

In my country people go to hell if they throw water bottles in the garbage, so I’m quite upset with my Italian friend. I grab the bottle walk to where he is and ”What is this!?”
”A water bottle?”

A classic cultural clash! Firstly our tap water is great so there’s no need to buy bottled water – it’s stupid and I kick myself every time I do it… Yes, I’m slightly forgetful and sometimes I forget the bottle at home. Secondly it’s that thing about throwing it in the trash.

Europe has a target to recycle 50% of its waste by 2020.

By 2012 the number of countries recycling and composting more than 30% of municipal waste was 17 (out of 35), and those landfilling more than 75% of their municipal waste was 8.
When it comes to the amount of garbage produced, Switzerland, Denmark and Cyprus take the lead (663-694 kg per person) and Estonia, Romania and Albania produce the least (262-280 kg per person). On average, Americans produce about 1 kg per day – 365 kg per year. (These are all 2012 figures.)
Despite of my story about my Italian friend I need to get better at recycling. Today I recycle bottles, paper, batteries, glass, electronics and clothes. I’m now gonna step it up to plastic (hard and soft), metal, which will leave me with the organic stuff. YAY!

I’d also thought I’d share the interesting bit on how Sweden imports trash from other countries, and use it for heating: http://www.pri.org/stories/2012-06-26/sweden-imports-waste-european-neighbors-fuel-waste-energy-programThe aim of curse should be to reduce waste as much a s possible.

 

 

 I originally posted this text at Gods Jukebox (a forum for music lovers), combining my love of music with my interest in sustainability issues. The song that went with this post was ”Drinking Water (Agua De Beber)” by
by Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

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