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Amount of waste generated in 2020 remained almost unchanged from the previous year – caused by slight changes in the amount of waste from mining and quarrying and manufacturing

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Reference period:
2020
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Revision release

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According to Statistics Finland, close on 116 million tonnes of waste were generated in 2020. This is nearly the same as in the previous year, when the amount of waste had risen mainly due to waste from mining and quarrying. The volumes of waste in 2020 changed in different directions in different industries. The growth in the amount of waste was generated in mining and quarrying and in total amount of waste originating from manufacturing, while the growth in the amount of municipal waste was only one part of the growth.

Waste generated by sector in 2020, 1,000 tonnes per year. The pie chart shows the amounts of waste generated by different sectors.

Key points

  • The combined amount of waste generated by manufacturing industries grew by around 5 per cent
  • Material recovery of other than mineral waste increased clearly; from 35 to around 42 per cent.
  • Due to the large volume of mineral waste, the share of disposal in all waste treatment was around 84 per cent.

Tables

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Waste generation by industry, 2018-2020, 1000 tonnes

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Waste treatment by type of treatment, 2018-2020 Amount of waste 1000 tons

Figures

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Waste generated by sector in 2020, 1,000 tonnes per year

Database tables

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Updated database tables
Classifications used:
  • NACE
  • Waste class
Statistics:
Updated:
15.06.2022
Classifications used:
  • Waste treatment
  • Waste class
Statistics:
Updated:
15.06.2022

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