Germany’s local authorities managed two thirds of their residual municipal waste by sending it to incineration plants in 2012. The 66.6 per cent share is slightly lower than in the previous year, when incineration accounted for 67.7 per cent of residual municipal waste, according to an annual overview published by the German statistical office (Destatis) at the end of July.
Overall, waste management plants in Germany treated nearly 18 million tonnes of mixed residual municipal waste in 2012. This is around 0.4 million tonnes less than in the year 2011. The total does not include source-separated waste fractions such as paper and board, packaging waste and organic waste collected from households and similar sources.