This is an archived release.
Waste amounts increasing steadily
In total, 8.4 million tonnes of waste were generated in Norway last year - 21 per cent more than in 1996. In the same period, the gross national product (GNP) increased by about 22 per cent. This means that the amount of waste is rising at the same pace as the Norwegian economy. On the other hand, more waste goes to recycling.
The figures presented here have been produced by Statistics Norway.
Waste is a potential environmental problem. Therefore, a political target that the rise in the amount of waste should be considerably lower than the economic growth has been set. If waste is dealt with properly, our resources can be made useful, and the environmental risk will be minimized.