Waste production

Waste production continues to increase in 2018

Environment
Waste production continues to increase in 2018

The sharpest increases concern the construction sector and the industry.  The increase in mineral waste is particularly striking.

The Belgian economy and households together produce now little more than 67 million tonnes of waste.

The quantity of waste produced by Belgian households continues to slightly decrease, despite the growing population.

Table 1
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Waste production by economic activity in Belgium (2004-2018, in tonne)n) 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018
Total 53,013,275 59,294,999 48,615,551 61,323,320 53,839,470 57,965,403 63,152,377 67,429,779
Construction 11,051,218 13,089,649 15,441,861 16,852,662 17,132,769 18,347,259 19,573,149 22,658,151
Services 8,971,810 9,959,475 5,023,641 6,697,911 4,635,229 4,840,455 5,403,172 4,850,496
Households 5,337,002 4,745,162 4,459,161 5,865,753 5,294,743 5,419,043 5,041,208 4,885,123
Industry 26,466,600 31,138,888 23,409,597 31,707,672 26,611,266 29,046,813 32,865,656 34,778,422
Agriculture 1,186,645 361,825 281,291 199,322 165,462 311,833 269,192 257,587
Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on surveys, administrative data (OVAM, IBGE-BIM, DGARNE) and models.
More info and data: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/waste/data
Table 2
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Waste production per type in Belgium (2004-2018, in tonne) 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018
Total 53,013,274 59,294,999 48,615,551 61,323,320 53,839,470 57,965,403 63,152,377 67,429,779
Discarded equipment, batteries and vehicles 393,690 561,371 601,241 613,381 586,277 594,570 601,722 608,269
Chemical waste 2,321,340 1,533,581 1,261,224 1,242,321 1,399,226 1,306,914 1,569,842 1,735,627
Glass 558,947 749,443 691,768 1,028,468 897,699 1,110,497 1,197,742 1,277,398
Wood 2,041,821 1,796,909 1,572,776 2,820,175 2,980,026 3,382,032 3,723,370 3,956,126
Household waste 6,468,087 5,019,784 3,608,476 3,835,660 3,816,887 4,111,683 3,889,514 4,211,739
Metal waste 2,339,926 5,602,560 3,931,266 6,804,239 3,371,153 3,116,369 3,331,534 3,395,379
Mineral waste 16,469,409 24,466,641 19,068,072 18,675,216 18,342,580 19,095,114 21,620,959 24,583,667
Other 927,932 3,625,544 1,331,924 4,019,059 1,622,487 1,328,651 1,484,987 1,747,565
Paper and cardboard 3,114,551 4,523,967 3,542,574 4,325,031 3,922,146 4,273,142 3,580,661 3,380,865
Vegetable and animal waste 6,887,338 4,389,886 4,259,441 4,795,530 4,979,570 5,654,086 6,726,240 8,733,209
Plastic waste 1,332,559 631,508 1,074,910 716,164 651,774 1,395,460 715,624 745,450
Sorting waste 922,952 1,118,251 884,209 1,517,065 1,439,652 1,550,342 2,206,244 2,214,981
Textile 106,767 626,808 166,129 257,221 175,441 206,022 169,949 199,456
Combustion waste 5,482,292 2,927,243 1,764,554 2,135,207 3,862,168 4,231,490 6,126,625 4,243,150
Contaminated soil, common sludge and dredging spoil 3,645,663 1,721,503 4,856,988 8,538,583 5,792,385 6,609,033 6,207,363 6,396,897
Source: Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics - Statistics Belgium) based on surveys, administrative data (OVAM, IBGE-BIM, DGARNE) and models.
More info and data: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/waste/data