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Nearly half of the country’s population tend to sort out all waste


According to the representative survey of the country’s population which has been conducted for the third time this year by the market and public opinion survey company RAIT commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, nearly half of the country’s population (42 %) sort out all waste, whereas 40 % sort out only some of it (respectively 43 % and 38 % in 2016).

Compared to the previous year, significantly fewer, i.e. only 12 %, of the respondents indicated that they did not care about waste sorting (22 % in 2016). When answering the question why they did not sort out waste, even 53 % of the respondents admitted that throwing all household waste into a single container was most convenient for them, and 45 % claimed that it was not worth it because sorted waste is mixed with municipal waste afterwards.

A total of 73 % of the respondents indicated that the main reason why they sort out waste was the possibility of contributing to the preservation of the environment. 47 % stated that their main incentive was the attempt at reducing the amount of waste disposed of in landfills and 34 % supported the use of sorted waste as the source of raw materials and energy. One fourth of the respondents took part in social campaigns related to waste prevention or management. As every year, the most popular among them was the campaign Darom [Let’s Do It].

The majority of the survey participants (85 %) have a positive opinion about the increasing number of containers for waste sorting. 89 % indicated that there are all three or at least one container close to their home. Every tenth resident claimed that there are no such containers close to their home, compared to 18 % of such residents last year.

A total of 49 % of the respondents find out about waste sorting on the Internet, 33 % receive information about waste sorting from the radio, whereas the main source of such information remains television (76 %). Seventy five per cent of the respondents are satisfied with the information provided and consider it to be sufficient. Almost 81 % of the respondents assess favourably media attention on waste management.

Fifty seven per cent of the respondents believe that, in order to promote waste sorting, more information about the benefits of waste sorting should be disseminated, whereas more containers would help 53 % of the respondents make up their mind whether they should sort out waste.

Communication Division
26 June 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas