The concepts described on these pages are words and expressions used in statistics with a specific, limited meaning. In everyday speech the word may have a different meaning. In connection with each definition you can find information about which sets of statistics use the concept.

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Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste refers to waste whose chemical or other properties deviate from those of other waste so that it can endanger or cause harm to health or the environment and therefore has to be made harmless or recovered according to specific rules.

Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • 1 January 1900 - 31 October 2008

Source organisation

  • Valtioneuvosto