Information Design

How much waste does a EU citizen produce?

For a few years now, I’m working on radically reducing my waste output. It is a full-time project, and my mind naturally wanders to questions about ecology and waste.

In this information design project, I’m translating the average amount of waste produced by a citizen of the EU into visuals. The amount of waste is measured with the standard kitchen garbage bag of 15kg.

I sourced this data from 2016, on the Eurostat’s website where they state the following:

“In 2016, the total waste generated in the EU-28 by all economic activities and households amounted to 2 533 million tonnes; this was the highest amount recorded for the EU-28 during the period 2004-2016 (a time series only exists for even years).”