Bulgaria is among the five Eastern European countries producing the most waste in the world
Bulgaria, Estonia, Ukraine, Armenia and Serbia are among the 10th largest producers of garbage per capita in the world, reports investbg.com.
According to the World Bank report, quoted by Emerging Europe, Bulgaria is second in the world in terms of waste per person per year - 26.7 metric tons and the country recycles 19% of all its waste. "Bulgaria is a country with a population of 7 million and produces more waste than the United States, whose population is 325 million", the study said. It states that this is probably due to the construction sector in Bulgaria, which generates 172 million tons of waste. It ranks fifth in the largest amount of waste from 68 countries for which data is available. Following the US, Estonia occupies the fourth position with an annual waste of 23.5 metric tons per capita and 24.7% recycling. "Estonia is a country of constantly growing tourism, sometimes tourists outnumber the amount of waste produced by the local population. The total garbage generated by visitors reaches 31 million metric tons, with 1/3 of it being hazardous waste", the report said.