Abstract—"The waste represent a huge loss of resources
either in the form of materials or energy". The more waste is
produced, the more wastage of resources result, therefore
producing less "trash" should be a high-priority for any policy
that manages waste.
Thereupon, the objective of this study was to evaluate the evolution of Municipal Waste in Portugal, Croatia and Netherlands, in order to comprehend the amount of waste produced and its processing. It is a systematic review of the documents of the international entities, which are the European Environment Agency e European Commission.
In a nutshell, the values showed that there were a positive development in the area of the municipal waste and there was a trend to decline its production, such as the deposition of municipal waste in landfills, unlike the recycling that has being increased.
Index Terms—Environment, European Union, municipal waste, production.
P. Matos, S. Paixão, and A. Ferreira are with the Department of Environmental Health, Coimbra Health School, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, 3046-854, Portugal (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
J. P. Figueiredo is with the Department of Complementary Sciences - Coimbra Health School, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, 3046-854, Portugal (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: P. Matos, S. Paixão, J. P. Figueiredo, and A. Ferreira, "Evolution of Municipal Waste in the EU — Portugal, Croatia, and Netherlands," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 651-656, 2016.