GDP and waste

Waste recycling not only has positive effects on the environment but also at an economic level, since it contributes to the GDP, and at a social level, as a generator of employment.


From the historical point of view, landfills are the leading and oldest way to treat waste and probably constitute the first waste management system. In Banyoles (Girona) there is a Neolithic site (La Draga) which is over 7,300 years old with pits that were used as landfills.

Where does our garbage go?

All of the garbage that we generate can be distributed in between different containers or bin types according to the garbage collection model of each city. However, once collected, waste can generally be disposed of in 3 different ways: recycling (including composting), landfill or incineration.