Are we saving the planet with our recycling or ruining it with more packaging and consumption? Is there now less pollution, or more in Europe?
Oscar Gomez from Eurostat reveals that the amount of waste generated has grown 6% over the past 10 years, this is four times faster than population growth but is about 1/3 slower than economic growth and explains why this is actually a good thing.
Ioannis Bakas, an expert from the European Environment Agency highlights that the best way to reduce waste is not to produce it at all. Listen to Ioannis explain how recycling is the only form of giving packaging products a second life, and why shipping waste for recycling over a long distance, instead of burning or dumping it, is not always a bad thing.
In a conversation with Jonathan Elliott on this topic, we find out what is really going on when it comes to recycling our waste in Europe. We also ask people in the street what they think about recycling and how they want to promote the reduction of waste.