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Statistics on waste excluding major mineral wastes serve as a proxy for trends in total waste production and treatment. Waste excluding major mineral wastes reflects general trends more accurately than statistics on total waste and increases comparability across countries. Total waste generation and treatment are mainly driven by mineral waste from construction/demolition and from mining activities.
Waste excluding major mineral wastes reflects waste originating from all economic sectors and households, thus including waste generated from both production and consumption. It does not cover mineral waste and soil, of which 90% originate from the mining and construction sectors.
Statistics on waste excluding major mineral wastes are based on the data collected under the Waste Statistics Regulation (WStatR) and are used for the compilation of the Sustainable Development Indicator ‘Generation of waste excl. major mineral waste ’ and of the indicator set on ‘Management of waste excluding major mineral wastes ’.
For a detailed description of the waste stream and the data compilation please refer to the metadata.
The trends in the generation of waste excluding major mineral in the EU and in EU countries is shown in the following table. Particularities of waste generation and breaks in time series are explained in the Country specific notes.
EU countries are obliged to follow the waste management hierarchy set out in the Waste Framework Directive, i.e. to prefer reuse and recycling to other forms of recovery and to the least preferred option, the final disposal. The following table shows how waste excluding major mineral waste is managed in EU countries.
Please note: The Waste Statistics Regulation was revised between the reference years 2008 and 2010. The revision includes changes of waste categories (WASTE) and of waste treatment categories (WST_OPER) some of which cause breaks in time series. Please consider the instructions in the section Database when selection or downloading data for different reference years at a more detailed level than displayed in the tables above.