Waste Waste

Regular statistics on the production of waste by businesses and private households and its management are needed to monitor implementation of the waste policy within the European Union.

These data are collected from EU countries on the basis of the Regulation on waste statistics (2150/2002/EC) and published every two years in line with common methodological recommendations. Moreover,  a number of EU Directives have introduced 'producer responsibility' measures – on packaging waste, end-of-life vehicles, batteries and waste electrical and electronic equipment, for example. Data on these waste streams are required to monitor EU countries' compliance with the targets set out in the Directives. Eurostat also collects data on municipal waste generation and management, and on the transboundary shipment of waste.

To process and disseminate these data in the most effective way, Eurostat has set up the Environmental Data Centre on Waste which belongs to a set of environmental data centres established by the European Commission. Their aim is to supply the information needed for EU environmental policies and to use the available institutional resources as effectively as possible.

For waste data and indicators, and for related information on the legislative framework, methodologies and publications, please consult the data centre.