The Dutch put considerably more household waste on the street last year than in 2019
Dutch households produced considerably more household waste last corona year than the year before. In 2020, more than 500 kilos of household waste per person was collected. In total, it was about 9 billion kilos, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to 2019. That is the strongest increase since 1997, according to figures published on Tuesday by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Last year 29 kilos more household waste was collected per person than in 2019. A noticeable increase was, among other things, the weight of vegetable, fruit and garden waste (VGF). With people unable to eat out during the lockdown, the leftovers commonly thrown away by restaurants were partly offset by the waste from dinner parties at home. Many Dutch people have also engaged in activities in and around the house, such as gardening, during the strict restrictions. As a result, according to Statistics Netherlands, a relatively large number of leaves and small branches ended up in the household garbage bag.
The recycling center, where people can go for waste that is not collected at home, also had to process a slightly larger mountain of waste last year than in 2019. The bulk of those residues consisted of glass, wood, rubble and coarse garden waste, such as large branches.
Last year more students received a diploma than the year before
The success rates at secondary schools have increased in the corona school year 2019/2020 compared to the previous year. This applies to students of all levels: VMBO, HAVO and VWO. This is evident from figures published on Tuesday from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Pupils in the VMBO mixed track achieved the best results with a success rate of 99.5 percent.
Due to the corona pandemic, the central final exam was canceled last corona year. The exam result was instead determined by the grades of the school exams. To boost the results, students could take an extra test for some subjects.
Last corona year, 99 percent of VWO students received a diploma, compared to 91 percent in the 2018/2019 school year. Last year there was a pass rate of 98 percent at HAVO, an increase of 10 percentage points, and at VMBO 99 percent of exam students passed, 4 percentage points more than the previous batch. Within VMBO, the success rates for VMBO-G and VMBO-T are particularly striking. At these highest VMBO levels, the pass percentage in the 2019/2020 school year rose by 9 percentage points (VMBO-G) and 6 percentage points (VMBO-T), respectively, compared to the previous year.
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In this blog keeps NRC the latest developments regarding the corona crisis at home and abroad. This was the most important news on Monday 5 July:
- People who receive a first shot with the vaccine from AstraZeneca have had the vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer to get. This is stated in an advisory report from the Health Council published on Monday.
- In the past 24 hours, the RIVM has 1,545 reports of positive corona tests registered. After the number of infections has been declining for weeks, it has been slowly increasing again since the beginning of July. The number of corona patients admitted to Dutch hospitals has also increased.
- England will probably be closed on July 19. On this so-called Freedom Day Most corona restrictions in the country will be lifted, including the mask obligation in public indoor spaces and the distance rule.
- Hundreds of people who had scheduled a vaccination appointment on July 31 and August 1 in the NDSM warehouse in Amsterdam-Noord have to make a new appointment. On those days, the Pleinvrees and De Zon festivals are organized just around the corner.
- Last year, the number of reports of children who accidentally drank hand alcohol significantly increased compared to previous years. There was also an increase in the number of splash incidents in 2020, where people got disinfectant in their eyes.
Read also the entire blog from Monday 5 July back