42% of all hazardous waste in Norway was recycled last year

RecyclingPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Out of the 1.61 million tonnes of hazardous waste delivered to Norway in 2019, 42% was recycled. 

According to Statistics Norway (SSB), 1.61 million tonnes of hazardous waste were delivered for treatment in Norway in 2019. 

That is an increase of 4% from the previous year and an increase of 100% since 2003.

Less than half, 42%, were recycled. 

Recycling can take place either as material recycling or as energy recycling, and last year approximately 21% of the delivered waste was recycled, while a further 21% was recycled as energy. 


Much of it was sold abroad. A total of 69% of the recycled material was exported, and about 25% of the waste was utilized as energy.

The rest, i.e., 58% of the hazardous waste, was deposited or incinerated without any energy utilization.

The two largest hazardous waste categories in Norway are oily or heavy metal-containing waste, which together accounted for 71% of the waste. 

The third-largest group is corrosive waste, which accounts for 15%.

Households accounted for 74,000 tonnes of the total amount of waste, which is equivalent to 13.7 kilos per person. 

Industry delivered 810,000 tonnes, and the industrial and mining industry, which includes the oil industry, delivered about 270,000 tonnes.

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