Household packaging recycling continue growing in Spain, standing at 73.7% in 2014, which represents an increase of nearly two points coming off the previous year.
The figure, presented by Ecoembes, demonstrates that the percentage of recycled packaging in Spain has been continuously rising since 1998, and already surpasses by 19pp the objectives set by the EU (55%). In total, last year 1,258,602 tons of household packaging were recycled in Spain, meaning +5.3% than in 2013, an achievement made possible thanks to the collaboration of all households who recycle on a daily basis taking their packaging to the yellow and blue containers.
Thanks to these results in 2014, the emission of 1.2 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere was averted – equivalent to taking 25% of the vehicles registered in the city of Madrid off circulation. This figure is of particular importance this year, as the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris, France in 2015. The European Union (EU) has already agreed to reduce its emissions by least 40% by 2030.