Recycling Habits In Spain Changed Due To Lockdown

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80% of Spaniards claim to recycle
Thirty-nine million people in Spain sort their rubbish. CREDIT: Earth.com

Recycling habits in Spain changed due to the Covid-19 lockdown with consumers throwing more supermarket packaging away.

THE amount of cardboard and paper thrown into blue recycling bins dropped by less than 1 per cent in the past year, while the amount of plastic containers and cans thrown in the yellow recycling bins rose by 8.5 per cent.

The rise in yellow bin rubbish has been attributed to people buying more in supermarkets.

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Almost 39 million people living in Spain separate and recycle their rubbish daily.

In 2020, each citizen deposited more than 18.5 kilos of containers in the yellow container and 19 kilos of paper and cardboard per person.

In the past five years, packaging recycling has grown by 41 per cent and the amount of paper and cardboard that gets recycled has grown by 26 per cent, preventing the emission of 1.67 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, La Sexta reported.


Last week, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, said that in comparison with 2019, expenditure on food – inside and outside the home – stood at €102,082.72 million, 3.2 per cent less, while the volume of food products and ingredients in purchased in shops for use at home grew by 4.4 per cent.

Households allocated 14.2 per cent more money to their food shopping budgets in 2020 representing 78 per cent of the total spent on food and drink, but it does not compensate for the 36.8 per cent drop in the spending in bars and restaurants.

According to the Minister, the average Spaniard ate 99.7 kilos of fruit, 87.05 of potatoes and fresh vegetables, and 74 litres of milk.



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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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