Danes throw away a lot of waste, but only one percent is landfilled. Photo: Bruening Group
According to Eurostat, the Danes in 2014 binned a fifth more rubbish than Cyprus, the next most wasteful country, and a shocking three and a half times as much as Romania, the EU’s least wasteful nation.
Denmark has seen the fastest growth in the amount of rubbish it throws away of any other major European country, throwing away 46 percent more than it did in 1995, with only Malta seeing greater increases.
This is in stark contrast to its non-EU neighbour Norway, where the amount per capita thrown away fell 32 percent over the same period, Germany, where it fell one percent, and Sweden where it only grew 13 percent.
Non-EU Switzerland was the only country to rival Denmark, with each citizen throwing away an average of 730kg.
Germany was the next, throwing away 618 kg per person, followed by Luxembourg with 616 kg.
Norway and Sweden — comparable to Denmark on most economic and social factors, threw away just 423kg and 438kg respectively.