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Waste - State and impacts (Latvia)

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Waste Waste
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 08 Apr 2011

Until 2006, the total waste quantity grew significantly because the economy also grew very quickly. In 2006, 2007, and 2008, quantities were more or less stable. At this point in time, during an economic crisis, quantities should be less in the coming years (2009, 2010). Changes in hazardous waste quantities mostly refer to classification changes of these waste types.

 Waste2_generated

Figure 2: Generated wastes in Latvia (1000 t)  

*Includes all non-hazardous wastes (industrial and municipal).

Source: Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre http://www.meteo.lv/public/28759.html

At present, the general treatment options for waste are waste disposal in landfill. Ten non-hazardous new waste polygons and disposal sites have been opened in recent years. This means that risks for the environment and human health have been reduced very significantly. The largest pollution threats for waste disposal come from old, shut down dumpsites, because many of them are not yet properly closed, although waste management plans foresee that this is done in the next few years. Waste recovery increases year by year.

 

Waste3_disposal

Figure 3: Disposed on land and recovered wastes in Latvia (1 000 t)

Source:  Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre http://www.meteo.lv/public/28759.html

 

Hazardous wastes are mostly recovered or exported. At present, waste streams such as pesticides, lead batteries and PHB equipment are exported for treatment. In Latvia, used oils, as well as chemical and medical wastes are treated.

Data on packaging waste has been collected since 2003. Starting in 2006, reports for the European Commission on packaging waste have been prepared.

Year

 

Glass

Plastic

Paper, cardboard

Metal

Wood

2006

Generated

66 213

40 456

82 140

19 914

98 115

Recovered

21 244

11 246

50 524

6 993

51 090

2007

Generated

68 317

39 498

115 065

16 776

83 467

Recovered

24 188

8 999

66 149

8 382

24 571

2008

Generated

66 788

38 460

83 204

12 421

63 059

Recovered

35 424

11 090

55 339

8 502

26 197

Table 1: Generated packaging waste (t)

Source: LV reports to EC according Decision 2005/270/EC 

 

In 2007, 323 123 tonnes of packaging waste were generated in Latvia, of which 132 289 tonnes or 41 % was recovered. Using material recycling, 127 923 tonnes (40 %) of packaging waste generated in Latvia in 2007 were recycled.

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