The quantity of waste generated is an important indicator, e.g. for monitoring consumption patterns or the resource efficiency of industrial production. It can be used to measure an increase, or decline, of waste over time, and also the difference in generation between countries. Member States report the data on waste generation in absolute terms (by tonnes of waste generated). Eurostat calculates and presents waste generation also in kg per inhabitant.

However, due to the significant proportion of mineral wastes from extractive industries in some Member States, the data for total waste generation is not a particularly comparable indicator. Therefore, a separate indicator which only includes non-mineral wastes has been developed. The data for this indicator is given on the page on "waste excluding major mineral wastes".


Statistics on waste generation are presented as database tables (Eurostat Data Explorer) and as Tables, Graphs and Maps (TGM, see Help/FAQ page for more information on the TGM tool). From the Eurostat database the full datasets can be interrogated or downloaded with the Data Explorer.

A series of Main Tables present statistics on waste generation by economic activity, waste category or/and hazardousness:

 Main Tables on waste generation, as tables, graphs and maps

Total waste generation is mainly a factor of the size of the Member State. To compare trends between Member States the data is also presented in terms of kg per inhabitant (this takes the size of the country into consideration).  

 Generation of waste, by country, year and economic activity (NACE), in kg per inhabitant and tonnes. The time series starts in 2004.

The generation of waste is also given by waste category so you can find the types of waste that arise in the EU.

 Generation of waste, by country, year and waste category, in kg per inhabitant and tonnes. The time series starts in 2004.

Metadata is available for waste statistics.

The waste data is reported according to the economic activity of the waste generator. Economic activity is categorised by NACE Rev. 2 codes (which are labelled A to U). The detailed datasets are available for download on the following pages.

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy, water and waste management
  • Construction and demolition
  • Services
  • Households