Norwegians are throwing an increasing amount of trash

Haraldrud recycling station at Brobekk in OsloHaraldrud recycling station at Brobekk in Oslo.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

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Each Norwegian threw an average of 427 kilos of trash in 2019, six kilos more than the previous year. In total, 3.2 million tons trash was disposed of last year.

This is 1.5 percent more than 2018, according to numbers from Statistics Norway.

It is mainly food and garden wastes that account for the increase, while the amount of residual waste decreased by 25,000 tons.

The increase in waste is lower than the growth of consumption. Since 1996 our consumption has increased by 95 percent, while the amount of waste has increased by 90 percent.

About 40 percent of the trash is residual waste, the rest are mainly wood, paper, cardboard, food, and garden waste. 

The amount of trash that has been recycled has been stable for the last 10 years and accounted for 41 percent in 2019. The EU has a requirement that the proportion of waste recycled should at least be half by 2020.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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