What We Can Learn From France Recycling Trends

Even though France is a major producer of waste — one study states that it’s the second biggest producer of waste in all of Europe — most of that waste isn’t sitting in a landfill. 60% of their waste is being recycled.

Other countries can learn a lot from France’s recycling habits. We need to make sure we produce less waste if we want to build a better future for our children.

Here are a few things that we can take away from France’s recycling trends:

Used Clothing Is Environmentally Friendly

France is home to Paris, one of the fashion capitals of the world, but that doesn’t mean that French citizens are always buying new clothing. Many French men and women find ways to re-use their clothing. Whether that clothing is being donated, re-purposed, or whether people are buying used clothing for themselves, it’s clear that good pieces of clothing don’t have to go to waste.

Waste Can Provide Energy

One of the reasons that France’s recycling rates are so high is that a lot of waste is being used to produce energy. Waste may be incinerated, and that might be used to power something else. Even items we think are worthless might be worth something.

Waste Can Serve Multiple Purposes

If there’s a quarry, ditch or something else that needs to be filled, France tries to use waste to fill it with. While this structure obviously won’t work will all types of waste, many types of waste can can safely be used for this purpose. I met an owner of a Minneapolis Roofing Company, who said he had not seen so much waste since he visited Bangladesh. Ouch!

Every year, we produce tons of waste. We need to make sure that the majority of that waste is recycled. If we pay closer attention to countries like France, we can develop habits that will help us build a better future.

What You Should Know About France’s Garbage Collection

If you are interested in all things dirty about France, you should know that the country’s state of garbage recycling is dismally low. How low? Read below to know.

While in 2010 the country was able to successfully recycle 64% of its waste, current figures released in 2015 indicate that the country has only been able to recycle less than 40% of its total waste? Now you might be wondering, what happened? Well, we can trace the root of the problem at the residential level, or at French households.

The average French actually does not know the correct symbol for recycling. This isn’t entirely their fault as there are no widespread campaigns for recycling, specifically, on how and why it should be done. Also, there are no penalties enforced for not segregating their waste. We surmise that with a little bit of legal push, the people will do a better job of recycling. As it is now, only 23% of all household waste in France is recycled. Continue reading “What You Should Know About France’s Garbage Collection”

Why We Should Study France Recycling Trends

When it comes to recycling the US can look at other countries to learn more about what they do. They can study the France recycling trends to find out what works and what doesn’t. Then we can see if anything like that will work here in the US to help with our recycling programs.

When it comes to recycling, if a country wants their citizens to do it, they have to make it so that they do not have to do too much to get it done. If it is too complicated, people might not do it. Finding good ways to help people be able to recycle is important.

When you study a country like France you can see what has worked for them in the past and what hasn’t worked. You can then see if you could try it in the US. Not everything that works in France will work in the US but it is worth trying out. Continue reading “Why We Should Study France Recycling Trends”

What You Should Know About French Recycling Trends

Statistics show that only a small percentage of people in France care deeply about recycling. The rest of the population in the land of the Tower of Paris and the baguette are simply not informed. In this article, we are going to walk you through trends in France’s recycling of waste. This article is based on three different sources, so we would like to apologize beforehand if it seems like we are stitching a word-based Frankenstein here.

The thing you need to know about France is that it is the second largest producer of waste in the European Union. The first one is Germany and the third is the United Kingdom. But while Germany is successfully able to recycle 50% of its municipal waste, the figures have been poor in France, with the country able to recycle only 39% of its overall waste material. The dismal figure in the recycling can be pointed to the residential areas, where people do not really know how to recycle. There are sectors in the country that claim only 23% of residential waste is recycled.

In 2010, France was able to recycle 60% of its waste. Now if you’re like most people you’re probably wondering if there’s any way that the French could improve their waste management. And to that we say, yes, there are areas where waste management can definitely be improved. One of these areas is the area of residential garbage collection.

There should be an extensive information campaign on how people should recycle their waste. As it is right now, most people do not know what the symbol for recycling is. And then there’s the matter of the garbage collection companies, they should be forced to enforce a stricter recycling policy. Currently, there is no incentive for them to do that.

Bonjour and Merci

Hello – I am Philippe and I want to write about recycling in my home country of France. Recycling is important for everyone – not just in France but the whole of the world. I hope you will learn some things that will help you understand the power we have to change the world!