Indicators waste

Recycling rate

Although waste incineration in Switzerland no longer represents a major environmental burden in terms of disposal, it is desirable that as large a proportion as possible of the municipal waste is collected separately and recycled. This reduces the consumption of resources and saves energy. The recycling rate thus indicates how large the proportion of municipal solid wastes is that is consigned to resource-conserving disposal.

Assessment of the state
good good
Assessment of the trend
positive positive
Separately collected wastes t 2017: 53 Separately collected wastes t 2016: 53 Separately collected wastes t 2015: 53 Separately collected wastes t 2014: 54 Separately collected wastes t 2013: 51 Separately collected wastes t 2012: 50 Separately collected wastes t 2011: 50 Separately collected wastes t 2010: 50 Separately collected wastes t 2009: 51 Separately collected wastes t 2008: 50 Separately collected wastes t 2007: 51 Separately collected wastes t 2006: 50 Separately collected wastes t 2005: 51 Separately collected wastes t 2004: 49 Separately collected wastes t 2003: 48 Separately collected wastes t 2002: 47 Separately collected wastes t 2001: 47 Separately collected wastes t 2000: 45 Separately collected wastes t 1999: 43 Separately collected wastes t 1998: 44 Separately collected wastes t 1997: 42 Separately collected wastes t 1996: 41 Separately collected wastes t 1995: 39 Separately collected wastes t 1994: 37 Separately collected wastes t 1993: 33 Separately collected wastes t 1992: 32 Separately collected wastes t 1991: 30 Separately collected wastes t 1990: 29 Separately collected wastes t 1989: 27 Separately collected wastes t 1988: 26 Separately collected wastes t 1987: 25 Separately collected wastes t 1986: 24 Separately collected wastes t 1985: 23

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: FOEN
Batteries 2016: 90 Batteries 2015: 91 Batteries 2014: 92 Batteries 2013: 91 Batteries 2012: 92 Batteries 2011: 91 Batteries 2010: 91 Batteries 2009: 91 Batteries 2008: 91 Batteries 2007: 90 Batteries 2006: 90 Batteries 2005: 90 Batteries 2004: 88 Batteries 2003: 85 Batteries 2002: 91 Batteries 2001: 91 Aluminium packaging 2016: 82 Aluminium packaging 2015: 83 Aluminium packaging 2014: 82 Aluminium packaging 2013: 83 Aluminium packaging 2012: 81 Aluminium packaging 2011: 81 Aluminium packaging 2010: 80 Aluminium packaging 2009: 81 Aluminium packaging 2008: 78 Aluminium packaging 2007: 78 Aluminium packaging 2006: 76 Aluminium packaging 2005: 75 Aluminium packaging 2004: 74 Aluminium packaging 2003: 71 Aluminium packaging 2002: 72 Aluminium packaging 2001: 82 PET bottles 2016: 81 PET bottles 2015: 81 PET bottles 2014: 91 PET bottles 2013: 83 PET bottles 2012: 78 PET bottles 2011: 91 PET bottles 2010: 85 PET bottles 2009: 88 PET bottles 2008: 82 PET bottles 2007: 79 PET bottles 2006: 78 PET bottles 2005: 74 PET bottles 2004: 70 PET bottles 2003: 70 PET bottles 2002: 70 PET bottles 2001: 69 PET bottles 2000: 64 PET bottles 1999: 64 PET bottles 1998: 64 PET bottles 1997: 62 PET bottles 1996: 67 PET bottles 1995: 61 PET bottles 1994: 58 PET bottles 1993: 54 PET bottles 1992: 54 PET bottles 1991: 51 PET bottles 1990: 49 PET bottles 1989: 47 PET bottles 1988: 45 PET bottles 1987: 42 PET bottles 1986: 40 PET bottles 1985: 43 Paper 2016: 96 Paper 2015: 93 Paper 2014: 96 Paper 2013: 96 Paper 2012: 96 Paper 2011: 94 Paper 2010: 94 Paper 2009: 95 Paper 2008: 95 Paper 2007: 95 Paper 2006: 96 Paper 2005: 95 Paper 2004: 96 Paper 2003: 96 Paper 2002: 94 Paper 2001: 92 Paper 2000: 91 Paper 1999: 93 Paper 1998: 91 Paper 1997: 91 Paper 1996: 89 Paper 1995: 85 Paper 1994: 84 Paper 1993: 78 Paper 1992: 72 Paper 1991: 71 Paper 1990: 65

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: FOEN
Comment

The recycling rate has doubled over the 90s. Today, more than half of all municipal solid wastes are already collected separately. This strong increase can be attributed, among other things, to the introduction of the refuse bag charge in the 1990s. This created a financial incentive for collecting separately and at the same time more easily reachable collection points were created. The potential of separate collections in Switzerland could be further optimised in certain areas, (other possible optimisation procedures such as the recycling of plastics from agriculture, the construction industry and from households are currently being considered), but is on the whole at a very high level. For this reason status and development are evaluated positively. The satisfactory development in recycling should not however conceal the fact that the avoidance of waste remains the most energy- and resource-friendly solution.

International comparison

Eurostat produces statistics for the participating countries on the quantities of separately collected and incinerated municipal solid waste for each type of material. Switzerland compares very well with other European countries because of its well developed and efficient collection operations.

Method

This Indicator surveys the quantity of separately collected municipal solid waste (paper and board, compostable wastes, glass containers, aluminium, PET beverage containers, sheet steel containers, textiles, batteries and electroscrap) as a percentage of total municipal solid waste (MSW). Every year, FOEN collects data on the quantity of MSW incinerated at the 29 Swiss MSW incineration plants. The responsible, in some cases private-sector, collection organizations collect data on quantities of separately collected MSW fractions such as paper, glass or electroscrap and report annually to FOEN. For beverage containers, FOEN commissions the Swiss association for environmentally sound beverage containers (Schweizerischer Verein für umweltgerechte Getränkeverpackungen SVUG) to produce annual statistics.

 
Last updated on: 30.01.2019

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