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Recycling: Who Really Leads the World?

Readers who are curious about comparing different countries' recycling participation rates may be interested this article from Resource, a UK-based magazine and communications company focused on "sharing knowledge to present waste as a resource." Here, Resource explains a 2017 analysis conducted in partnership with Eunomia Research & Consulting, an independent environmental consultancy with offices in four countries. They highlight how variations in the way countries quantify their recycling rates can lead to misleading comparisons, such as how "Sweden, for instance, has achieved a 99 percent rate - but that's only true if you count combined heat and power energy recovery as a form of recycling." Using data from Eurostat and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the analysis found that after adjusting for countries' differing methods of measuring and reporting their municipal recycling rates, Germany leads the world with an adjusted rate of about 54 percent, followed closely by Taiwan, Wales, and South Korea. Written for general audiences, this article also links to the study's full report with data tables and explanations of their methodologies.
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