The waste generated by residential buildings may seem enormous, but the waste produced by factories is an awful lot more. In Europe, factories produce 46 million metric tons more waste than households every year. Surprisingly, unlike households, they are not as incentivized to reduce and retrieve waste. European Union waste legislation, for instance, contains targets that focus mostly on household waste whilst industrial waste landfilling is still often cheaper than incineration or recycling. In France, for example, the average cost of recycling, excluding taxes, is $156.10 per metric ton compared to $113.82 for incineration and $73.71 for landfilling.
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