Statistics Explained


Waste means any substance or object which the holder disposes of or is required to dispose of pursuant to the provisions of national law in force.

Disposal of waste means:

  • the collection, sorting, transport and treatment of waste as well as its storage and tipping above or under ground;
  • the transformation operations necessary for its re-use, recovery or recycling.

Related concepts

Statistical data


  • Directive 75/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste
  • Directive 98/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste and repealing certain Directives (Text with EEA relevance)