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Rising volumes of waste in 2007
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Rising volumes of waste in 2007

Norwegian enterprises and households generated 10.7 million tonnes of waste in 2007, after an increase of 6 per cent from the previous year. The growth in waste amounts has now surpassed the economic growth, as expressed by the GDP, due to a substantial rise in industrial waste over the last three years.

Trends in waste and GDP (constant prices). Final figures 1995-2006, preliminary figures 2007. 1995 = 1.

Waste in Norway by source. Final figures 1995-2006, preliminary figures 2007. 1995 = 1.

Waste volumes in Norway have increased every year since 1995, with the highest growth in the last three years, by 17 per cent in total. The increase is due to a rise in the amount of industrial waste, accounting for 80 per cent of the total waste. In contrast, the Norwegian gross domestic product (GDP) has increased by 9 per cent in the last three years. The amount of household waste has grown steadily since 1995, by 71 per cent in total, exceeding both the growth in the GDP (42 per cent) and the growth in household consumption (63 per cent).

Some figures may differ from the previous release, due to new and improved data.

Large amounts from industry

The service industries generated 1.8 million tonnes of waste in 2007, making up 17 per cent of the total amount. These figures include the sewage and refuse disposal industry. The service industries had the fastest growth among the waste sources, by 72 per cent since 1995; slightly faster than the households. Near half of the waste came from wholesale and retail trade.

The largest waste source was the manufacturing industries, with an estimated 3.9 tonnes in 2007. This comprised 36 per cent of the total for this year. The amount of manufacturing waste has expanded by 0.4 million tonnes over the last three years. However, the share of total waste generated from manufacturing has declined during recent years.

Construction and demolition accounted for 1.5 million tonnes of waste last year, after an estimated increase by as much as 31 per cent over the last three years. The construction and demolition industry generated 14 per cent of the total waste in 2007, of which about three quarters consisted of inert materials like concrete, bricks, asphalt and polluted soil and gravel.

Recovery remains high

Waste in Norway, by method of treatment. Final figures 1995-2006, preliminary figures 2007. 1 000 tonnes.

Non-hazardous waste in Norway, by method of treatment. Final figures 1995-2006, preliminary figures 2005. Per cent of known treatment.

In 2007, the recovery rate for non-hazardous waste in Norway was 67 per cent. Waste for which the treatment method is unknown is excluded. Even though the recovered amount has increased, the recovery rate has stabilised at 66 to 68 per cent since 2003.

The amount of waste being landfilled in 2007 was 3.1 million tonnes, including hazardous waste. Biodegradable materials made up 0.7 million tonnes of this, causing future emissions of the greenhouse gas methane. The 2006 emissions of methane from landfills comprised 2.5 per cent of the total Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions.

High quantities of food and slaughterhouse waste

The amount of wet organic waste reached 1.7 million tonnes last year, after a 21 per cent growth since 2004. Except for “other/unspecified materials”, this was the largest share of material in 2007. The manufacturing industries generated about 0.7 million tonnes of wet organic waste, mainly slaughterhouse waste, sludge from dairies and other production residues from food manufacturing. Household waste constituted 0.5 million tonnes, primarily waste from cooking, leftovers and expired food, but also small amounts of garden waste. The amount generated in the service industries was 0.4 tonnes, with retail trade, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, institutions and canteens as the main contributors.

The fastest growing share of material is concrete, with an increase of 21 per cent from the previous year. An increase in building and construction activities is assumed to be the main cause. The category “other/unspecified materials”, comprising 16 per cent of the total amount, contains material types like slag, asphalt, contaminated soil and gravel, rubber and porcelain.

Waste in Norway by material (final figures 1995-2006, preliminary figures 2007), source and material (2006) and treatment and material (2006). 1 000 tonnes
  Total1 Paper, cardboard
and pasteboard
Metals Plastics Glas Wood waste Textiles Wet
organic waste
Concrete
and bricks
Sludge Other Hazardous
waste
1995 7 347  841       922      327      189     1 333  109 1 086  592  325       992  630
1996 7 506  934  959  349  174 1 332  113 1 119  615  320  970  620
1997 7 663  928  962  360  172 1 305  115 1 147  634  325 1 104  611
1998 8 020  961  977  366  174 1 305  116 1 199  728  324 1 270  601
1999 8 220  990  964  374  180 1 267  115 1 266  744  330 1 400  591
2000 8 442 1 046  965  380  186 1 313  113 1 294  721  340 1 412  672
2001 8 588 1 035  968  388  197 1 368  112 1 330  747  352 1 440  651
2002 8 752 1 033  962  400  210 1 420  111 1 393  743  366 1 458  657
2003 8 993 1 048  978  414  227 1 437  111 1 364  688  377 1 535  814
2004 9 173 1 088 1 015  430  227 1 425  113 1 428  668  379 1 506  894
2005 9 774 1 173 1 070  441  248 1 520  117 1 502  781  403 1 595  924
2006 10 100 1 200 1 100  470  250 1 500  120 1 600  710  370 1 600 1 020
2007* 10 700 1 300 1 100  500  270 1 600  130 1 700  860  390 1 800 1 090
                         
By source and material (2006)                        
Total 10 059 1 233 1 109  471  248 1 503  121 1 622  715  374 1 647 1 017
Households2 2 050  463  238  143 66  355 51  499 0 -  206 30
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  157 6 14 15 - - 4  114 - - - 1
Mining and quarrying  215 9 26 3 - 10 - 8 7 - 9  141
Manufacturing 3 725  187  204 67 44  697 12  642  122  270  984  496
Electricity, gas and water supply 46 2 5 - - 2 - - 1 - 2 33
Construction 1 258 15 53 13 70  191 - -  581 -  292 15
Service industries 1 673  463 99  145 43  192 -  335 4  104  153 87
Other or unspecified  935 88  471 84 23 54 1 - - - 0  214
                         
By treatment/disposal and material (2006)                        
Total 10 059 1 233 1 109  471  248 1 503  121 1 622  715  374 1 647 1 017
Material recovery 3 119  670  966 63  111  350 13  485 87 90  265 18
Biological treatment  347 - - - -  116 -  169 - 63 0 -
Energy recovery 1 858  163 -  146 -  739 48  409 -  111  198 43
Incineration without energy recovery  475 53 - 47 - 74 16  136 - - 26 52
Landfill 2 839  147 36  123 96  224 44  238  594 39  535  763
Other final treatment  141 - - - - - - - - - 0  141
Other or unspecified 1 280  199 78 91 0 0 0  186 33 71  622 0
1  1 The waste amount from ships and big constructions, as oil platforms, are counted as the average for the whole period from 1995 to 2007.
2  2 Includes scrapped cars and paper burnt at home.

For more figures, go to StatBank .

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