The lack of consistency of data across Europe and the rest of the world is considered a barrier to accurately comparing waste management practice and recycling rates. Cities use varying methods and include different waste streams in their recycling rate calculations, resulting in large variations in their published recycling rates and ability to compare accurately. As such it also impedes in developing a circular economy and progress against targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.
The aims of this report are; to show how major cities across the world calculate their recycling rates, to address the differences in reported recycling rates, and to provide underpinning evidence for more robust measurement and reporting.
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