Further information

Explanations for some of the datasets:

Waste generation and waste treatment (env_wasgt)

This section presents the data collected under the Waste Statistics Regulation together with WStatR-based indicators and material flow data. This includes:

  • Data on waste generation (env_wasgen), on waste treatment (env_was trt) and on recovery and disposal facilities (enf_wasfac) collected under the Waste Statistics Regulation;
  • The set of waste management indicators based on WStatR data and on waste import/export data (env_wasoper; env_wasflow);
  •  The waste treatment data used for the material flow diagram (Sankey diagram) on the circular economy (env_wassd).

The data on waste management indicators is split into two data sets: The data set env_wasoper includes  the indicators values, i.e. the treatment rates by type of treatment, whereas the data set env_wasflow includes the data underlying the indicator calculation.

Please note: The Waste Statistics Regulation was revised between the reference years 2008 and 2010. Some of these changes cause breaks in time series. Instructions on how to avoid breaks when downloading data are available here.

Waste streams (env_wasst)

There are a number of EU Directives which require the measurement and reporting of data about particular waste streams. These data are required to amongst others monitor Member States’ compliance with the targets set out in the Directives, like e.g. recycling rates.

The following key waste streams refer to these Directives listed below being used for measuring compliance with targets:

  • Batteries
  • End of life vehicles
  • Packaging and packaging waste
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment

The data on Transboundary shipments of waste between countries are collected pursuant to the Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste, known as the Waste Shipment Regulation (WShipR).

The following statistics are produced voluntary, without a legal basis:

  • Municipal waste by waste management operations
  • Trade in recyclable raw materials
  • Municipal waste by NUTS 2 regions
  • Coverage rate of municipal waste collection by NUTS 2 regions