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1 800 kg of non-mineral waste generated per European in 2008

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News The total amount of waste generated non-mineral in the EU27 reached 920 million tons in 2008. Find precise figures for the non-mineral waste in the EU.

Non-mineral waste reflects waste originating from all economic sectors and households, thus including waste generated from both production and consumption. It does not cover mineral waste, of which 90% originates from the mining and construction sectors. Non-mineral waste is an interesting indicator for environmental policies since it covers most of the waste for which reduction is an important environmental objective. This information is published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Lowest values of non-mineral waste generated per capita in Malta and Cyprus, highest in Estonia and Finland Among the Member States, the United Kingdom (143 million tonnes of waste or 16% of total waste in the EU27) generated the most non-mineral waste in 2008, followed by Germany (129 mn tonnes or 14%), France (95 mn tonnes or 10%), Italy (94 mn tonnes or 10%) and Spain (71 mn tonnes or 8%). These Member States together accounted for almost 60% of total non-mineral waste generated in the EU27. The pattern is different when measured per capita. The Member States with the lowest values per capita were Malta (970 kg of non-mineral waste generated per capita), Cyprus (1 040 kg) and the Czech Republic (1 190 kg), while the highest values were recorded in Estonia (8 220 kg), Finland (4 350 kg), Austria (2 750 kg) and Sweden (2 540 kg). The high level of waste generated in Estonia is due to the large amounts of waste from the energy and refinery sector, derived from the use of oil shale, while in Finland, Austria and Sweden it is mainly due to wood waste. A quarter of total non-mineral waste generated by households Non-mineral waste is generated from all sectors of the economy as well as from households. The shares of non-mineral waste generated by the different sectors varied considerably between Member States. The highest shares from the manufacturing sector were observed in Finland (61% of total non-mineral waste generated), Austria (52%) and Sweden (48%). The highest shares observed for other sectors such as agriculture, energy and services can be partly explained by combustion waste from coal used as an energy source in Bulgaria (70% of total non-mineral waste generated from other sectors) and Greece (68%), by waste from agriculture in Romania (65%) and by wholesale of waste and scrap in the United Kingdom (65%). The largest shares for households were observed in Cyprus (48%), Latvia (44%) and Malta (42%).

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