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More waste to landfills
Deposition of waste in landfills increased by more than 450 000 tonnes from 2005 to 2006, mostly due to a rise in deposition of masses. At the same time, the number of landfills is on the decline, while composting is becoming more common.
In 2006, around six million tonnes of waste entered Norwegian waste treatment plants. This is 20 per cent more than in 2005. Around 3 million tonnes, or 50 per cent, was treated at the receiving plants. The rest was sent to other treatment plants.
The waste accounts show that 9.6 million tonnes of waste was generated in Norway in 2006. The difference between waste generated and waste treated at treatment plants is a result of extensive on-site treatment and direct export of waste.
|Total||Energy utilization3||Without energy utilization|
|2006||347||1 889||847||631||215||2 103|
|2005||324||1 439||815||593||222||1 661|
|2004||351||1 438||846||626||220||1 625|
|2003||277||1 399||830||614||216||1 615|
|2001||284||1 396||669||489||181||1 577|
|1998||99||1 928||470||343||127||2 055|
|1995||52||1 895||493||360||133||2 028|
|1992||21||1 687||342||250||92||1 779|
|1||Waste incinerated or landfilled by establishments in manufacturing is excluded.|
|2||Waste for material recovery excluded.|
Calculated from an average energy recovery rate of 73 per cent at Norwegian waste incineration
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
Landfills need landscaping
For the past years, the amount of waste deposited has been around 1.4 million tonnes per year. In 2006, however, deposited amounts have soared to 1.9 million tonnes. This can be explained by a rise in mopping-up operations on land (contaminated soil or masses). In the period 2003-2006, mopping-up operations have resulted in the deposition of 200 000-400 000 tonnes. Household waste accounted for approximately 19 per cent of deposited waste in 2006.
Landscaping landfills required 590 000 tonnes of various masses in 2006, and increase of 96 per cent since 2003. The masses used for landscaping (or covering) the landfills amounts to 31 per cent of all masses deposited.
In total, 847 000 tonnes of waste was incinerated in Norwegian waste treatment plants. This is approximately the same amount as in 2004 and 4 per cent more than in 2005. Waste incinerated at own facilities or delivered directly to incineration outside the waste system are excluded from these calculations.
In 2006, around 347 000 tonnes of organic waste was sent to composting in waste treatment plants. This is 25 per cent more than in 2003.
Decline in export from treatment plants
The waste treatment plants exported 305 000 tonnes of waste, which is 10 per cent less than in 2005. The waste was exported for incineration (207 000 tonnes or 67 per cent) and materials recovery (33 per cent). Waste exported outside the waste system is excluded from these calculations. This kind of export seems to be on the increase.
Waste in transfer
Considerable amounts of waste enter more than one treatment plant. Some of the waste sorted at treatment plants is deposited in landfills or sent to incineration. Residues from incineration and sifting are also deposited. Out of 6 million tonnes of waste that entered treatment plants in 2006, around 1.1 million tonnes was sent to materials recovery, an increase of 15 per cent from 2005.
Nine closed since 2003
Stricter environmental requirements have led to a reduction in the number of landfills in the past few years. In 2006, the number of landfills was 89, a decrease of nine since 2003. There were 20 incineration plants and 141 waste sorting plants in operation. 82 waste treatment plants had recycling stations for public access.
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