We still throw too much but we sort better! The Agency for recovery and energy management (ADEME), presented Tuesday, June 23 the results of the second campaign on the composition of French waste, campaign conducted on 100 municipalities drawn between December 2007 and May to July 2008.
Recycling has become a habit for French people
Compared to 1993, the date of the first campaign conducted by ADEME, half as much cardboard, paper and glass are present in the garbage bins. The composition of the refuse remains essentially the same, with the exception of a strong increase in sanitary textiles (wipes, diapers, etc.).
Direct deposits to recycling centers by individuals have increased
Toxic waste, on the other hand, is decreasing thanks to the development of selective collections of this type of garbage and to the efforts of companies to remove dangerous products from their production. Recycling continues to progress: out of the 37.77 million tonnes of waste collected in 2007, 33.5% could have been directed towards recycling. However, if these findings are positive, and if we come closer here, from the point of view of recycling, the objectives of the Grenelle Environment Forum (targeting 35% in 2012 then 45% in 2015); there are still many efforts to make and progress to be made The volume of waste produced by the French, almost unchanged since 1993, remains too large, with 391 kilos per person per year in 2007. According to ADEME, out of these 391 kilos, around 150 could be removed from the household trash by promoting composting, by avoiding food waste (7 kilos of still packaged products are thrown away per person per year), by limiting the use of printers or by carrying out stop-advertising campaigns. A stronger commitment from the French and a better respect for sorting instructions appear to him necessary. > More info on //www2.ademe.fr