Spaniards have little confidence in correct waste processing

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Spain is struggling with a growing waste problem and meeting European obligations in the field of waste processing. A recent survey by Spanish analytics company 40db reveals that a significant portion of Spaniards doubt the effectiveness of the recycling process.

Although 86% of respondents indicate that they often separate their rubbish, such as glass, plastic and cardboard, 40% do not have confidence in the correct processing of separated waste. Spanish regulations require that at least 50% of municipal waste be collected separately. Yet much waste still ends up in landfills or is incinerated.

Lack of facilities and motivation

The research shows that the availability of waste containers is highly dependent on the size and location of the place of residence. In cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants, 76.6% are satisfied with the number of containers. In smaller cities this percentage drops to 60%. There is a significant shortage of waste containers, especially in regions such as the Canary Islands, Andalucia, Galicia and Asturias.

In addition to logistical challenges, personal reasons also play a role in not separating waste. For example, 27.6% indicate that they do not separate waste because there are no containers nearby, and 23.9% do not do it because they simply do not feel like it. A striking 23.7% refrain because they do not receive financial compensation.

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Distrust and political differences

Fears that recycled materials are not being properly processed are reinforced by reports of illegal exports of plastic to countries with less developed recycling facilities. This has led to increased distrust, especially among voters of the political party VOX, 44% of whom indicate that they doubt the effectiveness of recycling processes.

The research shows that while a majority of voters from all major political parties say they recycle their waste, answers vary depending on political preference. Progressive voters are the most active in waste separation, with rates as high as 90%, while supporters of more conservative parties such as VOX report lower rates.

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