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WASTE01: Development in municipal waste generation and treatment by reporting country, unit, treatment and time

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Municipal waste is mainly produced by households, though similar wastes from sources such as commerce, offices and public institutions are included. The amount of municipal waste generated consists of waste collected by or on behalf of municipal authorities and disposed of through the waste management system. The amount of municipal waste treatment is reported for the treatment operations incineration (with and without energy recovery), recycling, composting and landfilling. Wastes from agriculture and from industries are not included.

reporting country

Denmark

Estimated data: 1995 and 2009.

Denmark

Break in time series: 1995 and 2011.

Norway

Provisional note: Break in time series 2016. (https://doi.org/10.1787/data-00601-en).

Norway

Break in time series: 2001, 2014.

EU

Eurostat estimate: 2019.

EU

Contains various Eurostat estimates, see table env_wasmun for more info.

EU

EU refers to EU28, which is the European Union with a fixed area composition of 28 countries.

EU

Eurostat estimate, excluding Total incineration (including energy recovery) 1999, Total waste generated 1997 and Material recycling 1997

treatment

Deposit onto or into land

Deposit into or onto land (Landfill) includes specially engineered landfills and temporary storage of over one year on permanent sites.

Total incineration (including energy recovery)

Incineration means thermal treatment of waste in an incineration plants. Energy recovery is defined as the incineration that fulfils the energy efficiency criteria laid down in the EU Waste Framework Directive.

Material recycling

Material recycling means any recovery operation by which waste materials are reprocessed.

Composting and digestion

Composting is the biological process that submits biodegradable waste to anaerobic or aerobic decomposition.