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Reduced growth in waste amounts for 2008
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2009-10-30T10:00:00.000Z
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Waste accounts1995-2007

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Reduced growth in waste amounts for 2008

Norwegian industries and households generated 10.9 tonnes of waste in 2008, up 2 per cent from the previous year. The waste amounts had a slower growth in 2008 than the year before, when the growth reached 6 per cent. A total of 71 per cent of the waste being handled in known ways was recovered, excluding hazardous waste.

Trends in waste and GDP (constant prices). Final figures 1995-2007, preliminary figures 2008. 1995 = 1.

Waste in Norway by source. Final figures 1995-2007, preliminary figures 2008. 1995 = 1.

These are results from Statistics Norway’s new estimations on waste generation and handling in industries and households. The figures for 2008 are preliminary, and hence have a somewhat higher uncertainty than final figures.

The total growth in waste amounts since 1995 was 48 per cent, which is slightly higher than the growth in GDP (fixed prices) of 44 per cent in the same period. A Norwegian national target set by the authorities has been to bring the growth in waste amounts to a level that is considerably lower than the economic growth, expressed by GDP.

The waste amounts from households increased by 75 per cent from 1995 to 2008, substantially exceeding the growth in total waste amounts in terms of per cent. The industrial waste showed a slightly lower growth in the same period, by 43 per cent.

Large rise in waste from service production

The service industries generated 1.8 million tonnes of waste in 2008, comprising 16 per cent of the total national amounts. This includes waste arising from waste handling. The growth since 1995 is estimated as high as 82 per cent. Just above half the waste was delivered as mixed waste.

The manufacturing industries generated about 4 million tonnes of waste in 2008, according to our preliminary figures, which makes up 37 per cent of the national waste total. About ¾ of the waste stemmed from production processes.

Waste from construction and demolition industries amounted to 1.5 million tonnes in 2008, excluding clean soils and rocks. The trend after 2004 is somewhat uncertain, but is believed to be as shown in figure 2 based on the annual amount of constructed area.

Slight increase in recovery rate

Waste in Norway, by method of treatment. Final figures 1995-2006, preliminary figures 2007. Per cent of known handling.

Non-hazardous waste in Norway, by method of treatment. Final figures 1995-2007, preliminary figures 2008. Million tonnes.

The recovery rate reached 71 per cent in 2008, from a steady level around 70 per cent since 2004. Recycling comprised 3.4 million tonnes, or just above 37 per cent, while energy recovery counted for 22 per cent. The remaining 11 per cent was recovered either by biological treatment (e.g. composting) or by use as filling compound or cover material at landfills. Recycling and biological treatment are the fastest growing recovery forms since 1995. Hazardous waste and waste handled in other or unknown ways are excluded from the estimation of recovery rates. The recovery of metals amounted to 1.0 million tonnes, giving a recovery rate of 93 per cent. The recovery rate for paper reached 78 per cent, and was dominated by recycling.

Landfilling of waste amounted to 2.1 million tonnes in 2008, after a slight decrease from the previous year. Hazardous waste (slag and ash containing heavy metals, heavily polluted matter, acidic sludge, etc.) disposed of at specially engineered landfills was by far the biggest portion, making up slightly more than one third of the landfilled amounts. According to our estimations, about a quarter consisted of organic, putrescible materials that decompose to methane inside the landfills. The split of landfilled waste by material is somewhat uncertain due to the limited data basis.

The breakdown of treatment and disposal methods has been revised since the previous release.

Large rise in food and slaughterhouse waste continues

Wet-organic waste was the largest material portion in 2008, with 1.8 million tonnes. Food waste from industries and households made up 55 per cent of this, while production waste from slaughterhouses, other manufacturing industries, fishery and farming comprised 39 per cent. The remainder was park and garden waste. The amount of wet-organic waste climbed 4 per cent from the previous year and 65 per cent from 1995. However, the landfilled amount fell by 39 per cent from 1995 to 2008.

The hazardous waste amount showed an increase from 1995 by 72 per cent, but incomplete registering of hazardous waste in the beginning of the period may be an important reason. The decrease in the amount of hazardous waste in 2008 is regarded to be somewhat uncertain. The amount of paper waste seems to have had a slight decline of 4 per cent in 2008.

Waste in Norway by material (final figures 1995-2007, preliminary figures 2008), source and material (2007) and treatment and material (2007). 1000 tonnes.
    Total1   Paper,
cardboard and
pasteboard
  Metals   Plastics   Glas   Wood
waste
  Textiles   Wet
organic
waste
  Concrete
and bricks
  Sludge   Other   Hazardous
waste
1995 7 336  844  919  327  189 1 328  109 1 096  591  325  978  630
1996 7 500  937  956  349  179 1 327  113 1 129  615  320  955  620
1997 7 659  929  959  360  182 1 300  115 1 156  634  325 1 089  611
1998 7 992  961  945  366  189 1 301  116 1 208  727  324 1 254  601
1999 8 193  990  934  374  194 1 263  115 1 276  743  330 1 383  591
2000 8 419 1 046  936  380  200 1 311  113 1 306  720  340 1 394  672
2001 8 571 1 037  940  388  211 1 367  112 1 343  747  352 1 424  651
2002 8 739 1 034  935  400  225 1 420  111 1 407  743  366 1 441  657
2003 8 956 1 023  953  414  242 1 438  111 1 381  688  377 1 517  814
2004 9 116 1 084  994  426  242 1 381  113 1 446  668  379 1 488  894
2005 9 762 1 173 1 054  437  264 1 474  116 1 523  781  403 1 574  963
2006 10 121 1 233 1 097  467  265 1 462  118 1 657  714  374 1 628 1 105
2007 10 683 1 306 1 110  492  289 1 589  124 1 749  863  383 1 743 1 034
2008* 10 900 1 300 1 100  510  300 1 700  130 1 800  840  400 1 800 1 080
                         
By source and material (2007)                        
Total 10 683 1 306 1 110  492  289 1 589  124 1 749  863  383 1 743 1 034
Households2 2 138  499  233  151 78  363 52  548 3 -  189 22
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  152 6 11 12 - - 4  115 - - - 1
Mining and quarrying  208 10 24 4 - 11 - 8 8 - 9  132
Manufacturing 3 883  198  214 69 47  730 12  671  127  283 1 027  505
Electricity, gas and water supply 43 2 4 - - 2 - - 1 - 1 31
Construction 1 537 19 64 15 85  240 - -  720 -  351 10
Service industries 1 753  456  127  148 51  201 -  376 4  101  164 83
Other or unspecified  968  116  434 92 27 41 8 - - - 0  251
                         
By treatment/disposal and material (2007)3                        
Total 10 683 1 306 1 110  492  289 1 589  124 1 749  863  383 1 743 1 034
Material recovery 3 312  683 1 035 70  119  376 13  506  100  100  273 37
Biological treatment  440 - - - -  147 -  228 - 66 0 -
Energy recovery 1 968  176 -  146 -  805 45  418 -  116  200 63
Filling compound and cover material  542 6 - 0 - 20 0 17 - 11  361 0
Incineration without energy recovery  463 57 - 46 - 79 15  139 - - 25 11
Landfill 2 175  176 34  142  109  163 47  184  243 37  293  746
Other final treatment  178 - - - - - - - - - 0  178
Other or unspecified 1 605  207 0 88 0 0 5  258  403 54  591 0
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  Includes scrapped cars and paper burnt at home.
3  Exported waste is categorised according to the treatment or disposal it undergoes in the destination country, insofar this treatment or disposal
method is known. Exported waste for which the treatment or disposal method is unknown, is categorised as unknown or unspecified.
Imported waste is not covered by the statistics.