THE Balearic islands led the way in the recycling of paper, cardboard and glass in 2003.
Figures reveal that in 2003 the Balearic islands, Asturias and the Basque Country topped the list for the collection of paper and cardboard for recycling, whereas the leaders for the collection of glass were Navarra and the Balearic islands, which also recorded the highest figure for mixed rubbish with 720 kilos per person per year. According to the last poll on collection and treatment of waste, by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the selective collection of domestic waste, like paper and cardboard or glass, rose to 3'002'795 tonnes in 2003, some 16.4 percent more that in 2002. This increase is vastly superior to the percentage increase for the collection of mixed waste, which was 24'583'907 tonnes in 2003, only 2.4 percent more than in 2002.
This means that some 63.1 percent of total domestic waste deposited in special containers was destined for recycling.
This figure contrasts greatly with the collection of mixed waste, only 9.8 percent of which was destined for recycling.
The figure for non-domestic toxic waste reached 2'169'860 tonnes during 2003 while the figure for other non domestic waste rose to 31'988'531 tonnes which is an annual rise of 0.7 percent and 3.2 percent respectively. Of the rest of the non toxic waste handled, 51.1 percent was destined for recycling, 2.8 percent for incineration and 46.1 percent for waste treatment. In the whole of Spain in 2003, 15.2 kilos of paper and cardboard per person were collected and 11.8 kilos of glass, while the collection of mixed waste reached 576 kilos per person per year, the report said. By region, the leaders in selective collection of paper and cardboard are the Balearic islands, the Basque Country and Asturias.
For the selective collection of glass the leaders are the Balearic islands and Navarra, according to the Institute.
With regard to mixed waste, the Balearic islands recorded the maximum with 721 kilos of rubbish per person, followed by Andalucia, where the figure was 642 kilos.


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