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Jessicargrant Jun 10, 2019 09:11 AM
I want to clarify what a recycling rate means? Is this domestically recycled materials or does it include recyclables sent exported to be recycled?
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EEA Jun 21, 2019 11:51 AM
Dear Ms. Jessica Grant,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Your enquiry has been forwarded to our relevant experts. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.
With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
EEA Jul 02, 2019 02:10 PM
Dear Ms. Jessica Grant,

The recycling rate, as it is defined in light of the Waste Framework Directive recycling targets, refers to the proportion of generated waste within a country that is recycled (regardless of where the recycling takes place).

As regards Eurostat statistics on waste recycling quantities, one can say that the Eurostat database built under the waste statistics regulation, lists under 'recycling' the waste treated within each country's borders. Nevertheless, the special databases in Eurostat (e.g. for municipal waste) refer to generated waste in the country that goes to recycling either within or outside the country.

We hope that this information may be useful for you.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service