80% of Spaniards claim to recycle

Thirty-nine million people in Spain sort their rubbish. CREDIT: Earth.com

80% of Spaniards claim to recycle.

More than 37 million Spaniards – around 80 per cent of the population – claim to recycle.

ACCORDING to data collected by Focus for Ecoembs, 95.3 per cent of those surveyed believe that recycling is important to curb climate change, with 80 per cent revealing they do so on a daily basis.

The organisation points out that every tonne of recycled plastic avoids 1.5 tonne of greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019 alone, 1,505,661 tons of plastic containers, cans, cartons, paper and cardboard were recycled.

This meant that 1.67 million tons less CO2 was emitted into the atmosphere – the same amount of carbon dioxide that a coal power plant emits in two months, says Ecoembs.

Recycling not only reduces polluting gases: thanks to reuse, 20.74 million cubic meters of water, 6.36 million Mwh of energy and 1.5 million tonnes of raw materials were saved.


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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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