A study has calculated which countries produce the most waste. Austria is one of the countries examined and ranks 6th: The sixth highest amount of waste – per 100,000 inhabitants – is produced here. The study was conducted by Utility Bidder. She advises companies and shows them how to reduce their energy costs.
Bidder analyzed the waste volumes of different industries in more than 20 countries to find out which activities and which countries are responsible for the most waste.
Finland is the country that produces the most tons of waste per 100,000 inhabitants, namely a whopping 2.29 million tons. In second place is its neighboring country Estonia, with a total waste generation of 1.72 million tons of waste per 100,000 inhabitants. Luxembourg ranks third with 1.41 million tons.
Finland is also the largest producer of mining and quarrying waste and the country that produces the most wastewater per capita of any country surveyed.
Estonia has the highest rate of production waste per capita, at 328,038 tons per 100,000 inhabitants. That’s more than twice as much as second-place Finland, which produces 152,384 tons of waste per 100,000 inhabitants.
The country with the highest per capita generation of construction waste is Luxembourg, which produced 1.16 million tonnes of waste per 100,000 inhabitants. That’s about double the number of second-placed Netherlands, which is likely due to Luxembourg being a very small country with the vast majority of the population in Luxembourg City.
Of all the countries surveyed, the Netherlands produces the most waste from agriculture, forestry and fisheries.