The top five countries with the best packaging rec

2022-07-23
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Who are the top five countries in the world for packaging recycling from Germany to Switzerland

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core tips: from handing over waste management to packaging companies, to reusing their materials for their original purposes, worldwide, The countries with the best recycling work are all seeking to improve their sustainable development. From handing over waste management to packaging companies to reusing their materials for their original purposes, the countries with the best recycling work are all seeking innovative methods to improve their sustainable development ability worldwide. According to the data of the United Nations in 2018, the earth produces 11.2 billion tons of solid waste every year, accounting for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. With these statistics, governments from major countries in the world have done more in formulating recycling plans

last year, the EU set a goal to require Member States to recycle at least 70% of all packaged goods by 2030. By 203, although not the best five years, the household recycling rate will reach 65%. In 2018, the environmental consulting firm omenia research and consulting cooperated with the European Environment Agency to release the data of the countries/regions with the highest recovery rate in the world. It studied the five countries with the best packaging recycling in the world and the reasons for their success

01, Germany -56.1%

since 2016, Germany has the highest recovery rate in the world, and 56.1% of all wastes generated in 2019 have been recovered. As early as 1990, Germany conducted packaging audits to help deal with potential landfill problems. In order to prevent this from happening, the decision makers hold the manufacturers responsible for the packaging waste they develop

the manufacturer's response to this is to create a "green dot", which is the world's first duel recycling system to collect waste from households and businesses. It is financed by industry, and the cost of waste depends on the weight of the products the company produces. Therefore, the lighter the weight, the less the manufacturer will pay. Through this cooperation, the recovery rate in Germany has increased from 3% in 1991 to 56.1% in 2019

the country introduced the German Packaging Law in january2019. The main purpose of this legislation is to prevent or reduce the impact of packaging waste on the environment, and make retailers more responsible for promoting the use of environmentally friendly products

as a member of the European Union, Germany also participates in the circular economy action plan, which aims to make sustainable products the norm. The rules also restrict disposable products and prohibit the destruction of unsold durable goods in trading groups

02, Austria -53.8%

the Bavarian compatriot of Germany, Austria, ranks second in the list of Europe, with a recycling rate of 53.8% in 2018. Certain types of landfills are totally prohibited in the country. Prohibit the use of any product with a total organic carbon emission rate of more than 5%, which can actually prevent any packaging from eventually falling into the ground

like Germany, Austria has a producer system. The most famous company operating these systems in the country is the Austrian altstoff recycling company (ARA). Ara was established in 1993 to manage the waste management of enterprises that pay to the company

it is a loyal supporter of the environmental economy in which all plastics have limitations, and also provides teaching materials, including cartoons and coloring books, to help educate young people about the importance of recycling. By march2020, Austrian manufacturers were prohibited from importing and selling certain types of plastic bags. Retailers will not be able to distribute these types of plastic bags in the country from june2020

03, South Korea -53.7%

South Korea is the only non European country in the top five, with a recycling rate of 53.7% in 2018. Up to now, it has been successful in collecting waste by private companies and selling it for profit. However, after China changed its environmental policy, it changed soon

in April, 2018, China, an economic power, banned the import of plastic waste. As the largest buyer of Korean materials, this is a problem. Korean companies no longer make much money from recycling programs, leading to layoffs and plastic waste piling up on the streets. These problems lasted two weeks, and then the government agreed to provide financial assistance to recycling companies

When commenting on the waste management crisis, former environment minister jinenqing said: "to solve the plastic waste crisis, the whole society needs to change its production, consumption, recycling, and even culture." Since then, South Korea has implemented policies including banning the use of colored plastic bottles and PVC before 2020. It will also reduce and eventually eliminate disposable cups and plastic screws, and completely eliminate these products by 2027

2. In addition to rotating the screws on the zigzag rod, the Ministry of environment of the Republic of Korea issued an overall policy to reduce the import of waste paper in february2020. It will improve domestic recyclable plastic bottles by collecting them separately from other recyclable items. Overall, the Korean government hopes to collect 100000 tons of plastic bottles every year by the beginning of 2022

04, Wales -52.2%

this is the smallest country on the list, but Wales achieved a recovery rate of 52.2% in 2018, which is indeed a rapid development. According to the constitution formulated by the government, the country's policy makers have the statutory responsibility to promote sustainable development. Like other parts of the UK, recycling in Wales is the responsibility of the local government

however, the Welsh Assembly has provided a local recovery system, which can be funded by the assembly, and most agencies adopt the plan. This means that both individuals and enterprises have similar regulations on what can be recycled and what not to be recycled nationwide. Dr. Andy Rhys, head of the waste strategy of the Welsh government, said that at the same time, Wales also implements a "circular economy"

the country also has frozen targets. The plan began in 2010 and aims to achieve a nationwide recovery rate of 70% by 2025. The recycling system was very successful, reaching the 64% recycling target for 2019/2020 four years ahead of schedule

in July, 2020, the Welsh government launched consultations on a plan to ban a series of disposable plastic products. If implemented, from the autumn of 2021, it will be prohibited to use all kinds of disposable plastic items that are difficult to recycle and litter, such as straw, cotton swabs, polystyrene food and beverages, but they will be exempted

05, Switzerland -49.7%

Switzerland ranks fifth. In 2018, the recycling rate of BASF's products covering chemicals, plastics, specialty products, crop protection products and oil and natural gas was 49.7%. One of the keys of the country's recycling system is praised by many as the best recycling system in the world, thanks to its "polluter pays" policy - households and enterprises pay for any non recycled waste generated

unlike Austria and Germany, the Swiss public and manufacturers follow this principle, which means that ordinary citizens are encouraged to recycle. In addition to this policy, there is also a tax on garbage bags in landfills. Common household items, including tin cans and aluminum cans, light bulbs, paper and electronic products, can be recycled and taken to recycling bins across the country (usually found in supermarkets)

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