Waste - Drivers and pressures (Latvia)
The quantity of generated non-hazardous and hazardous waste types is estimated on the basis of data from the state statistical survey ‘3-Wastes’. The statistical survey on wastes must be completed by all enterprises with permits on polluting activities (Categories A and B, and C - in which acknowledgement is obligation to report on wastes) and all enterprises with permits on waste management operations.
It may be concluded that waste generation is growing along with the slight increase in GDP.
Figure 4: Comparison between GDP and generated wastes
Source: Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre (waste generated), CSB (GDP)
GDP is taken in year 2000 comparable prices from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). The population is decreasing annually in Latvia. The population has an impact on the total quantity of waste, but does not have as great an effect as GDP.