Waste production

Waste production 2016

Environment
Production de déchets 2016

After a dip in 2012, the amount of waste produced has substantially increased again in 2014 and 2016.

The Belgian economy and households together produce now little more than 63 million tonnes of waste.

The sharpest increases concern the construction sector, in particular regarding mineral waste, and the waste processing industry. Agriculture remains by far the sector with the lowest waste production. Among households, we can see a reasonable decrease in waste produced despite the growing population.

Table 1
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Waste production per type in Belgium (2004-2016, in tonne)

  2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016
Total 53.013.275 59.294.999 48.615.551 61.323.320 53.839.470 57.965.403 63.152.377
Construction 11.051.218 13.089.649 15.441.861 16.852.662 17.132.769 18.347.259 19.573.149
Services 8.971.810 9.959.475 5.023.641 6.697.911 4.635.229 4.840.455 5.403.172
Households 5.337.002 4.745.162 4.459.161 5.865.753 5.294.743 5.419.043 5.041.208
Industry 26.466.600 31.138.888 23.409.597 31.707.672 26.611.266 29.046.813 32.865.656
Agriculture 1.186.645 361.825 281.291 199.322 165.462 311.833 269.192

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

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Waste production per type in Belgium (2004-2016, in tonne) 

  2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016
Total 53.013.274 59.294.999 48.615.551 61.323.320 53.839.470 57.965.403 63.152.377
Discarded equipment, batteries and vehicles 393.690 561.371 601.241 613.381 586.277 594.570 601.722
Chemical waste 2.321.340 1.533.581 1.261.224 1.242.321 1.399.226 1.306.914 1.569.842
Glass 558.947 749.443 691.768 1.028.468 897.699 1.110.497 1.197.742
Wood 2.041.821 1.796.909 1.572.776 2.820.175 2.980.026 3.382.032 3.723.370
Household waste 6.468.087 5.019.784 3.608.476 3.835.660 3.816.887 4.111.683 3.889.514
Metal waste 2.339.926 5.602.560 3.931.266 6.804.239 3.371.153 3.116.369 3.331.534
Mineral waste 16.469.409 24.466.641 19.068.072 18.675.216 18.342.580 19.095.114 21.620.959
Other 927.932 3.625.544 1.331.924 4.019.059 1.622.487 1.328.651 1.484.987
Paper and cardboard 3.114.551 4.523.967 3.542.574 4.325.031 3.922.146 4.273.142 3.580.661
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
Plastic waste 1.332.559 631.508 1.074.910 716.164 651.774 1.395.460 715.624
Sorting waste 922.952 1.118.251 884.209 1.517.065 1.439.652 1.550.342 2.206.244
Textile 106.767 626.808 166.129 257.221 175.441 206.022 169.949
Combustion waste 5.482.292 2.927.243 1.764.554 2.135.207 3.862.168 4.231.490 6.126.625
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
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

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