Total waste generation
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationWaste and material resources (Primary theme)
Policy issue: Is Europe creating less waste, and is waste generation still tied to economic growth?
The 2000 edition of 'Environmental Signals' reported that the EU generates around 1.3 billion tonnes of waste every year. The data also show that waste generation is still coupled to economic growth, making it impossible to pursue economic growth without generating increasingly serious waste management problems.
There is a particularly close link between economic growth and waste from the construction industry. As the Figure shows, this sector is responsible for around a fifth of all waste, while the largest sources are the manufacturing and mining/quarrying sectors.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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