Germany was the country that generated the largest amount of plastic packaging in Europe, at nearly 3.2 million metric tons. Generally, the volume of plastic packaging sent to landfill sites in the EU-28 has decreased over the past decade, dropping to 3.3 million metric tons in 2018, compared to 7.2 million metric tons in 2006. In the same period, plastic packaging treated by recycling increased from 3.9 million metric tons to 7.5 million metric tons.
The recycling rate of plastic packaging throughout Europe had increased significantly between 2006 and 2016, rising to 42.4 percent in 2016, before declining for the first time in 2017. Lithuania was the country with the highest plastic packaging recycling rate, whilst fellow Baltic state Estonia had the lowest rate.
According to a survey conducted in 2018, 84 percent of respondents in Great Britain expressed concern with the use of plastic packaging, plastic bags, and other disposable objects. In comparison, 23 percent of respondents in Poland were not concerned with this issue.