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60% of people do not believe they produce too much waste, EU survey finds

An EU-wide survey has found that almost 60% of respondents believe they are not producing too much household waste.

The Gallup Organisation survey found that of 27,164 people surveyed – 1,000 in each EU member state – 58% of respondents thought their households were not producing too much waste, while 41% believed they were producing too much and another 1% did not know.

According to the survey, 61% of UK residents disagreed that they were producing too much waste, while only 37% agreed. The highest level of agreement was Cyprus, where 57% of respondents thought they produced too much waste.

Environment commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “This survey shows that most of us do not realise how much we are really throwing away. Where waste cannot be prevented we must use it as a valuable resource.”

The survey also found that 76% of respondents thought that “more and better drop-off points for recyclable and compostable waste” would convince respondents to separate more waste for recycling or composting.

The survey was requested by the European Commission Directorate-General [of the] Environment.

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