Mothers take most responsibility for recycling in Spanish homes

En el 34,5% de las ocasiones son ellas quienes deciden instalar espacios destinados a la separación de los residuos, frente al 14,7% de los padres. El estudio refleja que se trata de un hábito asentado en los domicilios españoles, que cuentan con tres cubos de media para llevar a cabo esta labor. Los ciudadanos están cada vez más comprometidos con el reciclaje de envases, con 13,2 kg depositados por habitante en el contenedor amarillo (envases de plástico, latas y briks) y 15,5 kg en el azul (envases de papel y cartón).

In the majority of cases, Mothers take responsibility for recycling in Spanish homes. In 34.5% of instances, it is mothers who decide to create spaces for waste separation, while fathers assume this responsibility in just 14.7% of cases. Nonetheless, it is often (29.3% of cases) a joint decision, demonstrating the commitment of the entire family. These are some of the main conclusions reached in the “Study of Recycling Habits” carried out by the Apolda Institute for Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organisation that promotes the circular economy through the recycling of packaging.

The report indicates that waste separation is a widespread habit in all age groups, although adults between the ages of 35 and 54 are the most committed. 76.9% of people say that they have more than one recycling space and that one of them is for the collection of packaging waste for deposit in the yellow container. This is the case of 72.5% of Spaniards over the age of 55 and 66.7% of those between the ages of 16 and 34.

The figures show that Spanish society is committed to waste separation and this is reflected by the fact that households have an average of 3 bins