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11% of Latvians do not sort household waste – survey

In Latvia, 11 percent of residents do not sort their household waste, a ZAAO/Norstat Latvija survey shows.

The survey reveals that 6 percent of people sort waste only partly, 27 percent of respondents actively sort organic waste, 59 sort plastic, paper and cardboard, 55 percent sort glass items and 44 percent send electric appliances for processing.

Also, 36 percent of the surveyed people sort metal and 32 percent make sure their large-sized waste like furniture and renovation waste is buried in a landfill.

The survey shows that 52 percent of Latvians know what exactly has to be put into the organic waste container, 5 percent believe that they are highly competent in this area, and 25 percent of respondents were unable to evaluate their knowledge.

In the survey, 42 percent of respondents said that the best motivation to sort waste would be free waste management service, while 34 percent would like to feel some economic benefits. Another 21 percent of respondents would expect more information like practical advice, while 12 percent would like to learn more about the impact on the environment, nature and human health.

Norstat Latvija pollster conducted the survey for ZAAO waste management company by interviewing 1,010 respondents, aged 18 to 74.

Source: BNS

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