The total amount of waste in Norway decreased by 5% in 2020

Trash - wastePhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The total amount of waste in Norway amounted to 11.6 million tonnes in 2020, down 5% compared with the previous year, figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show.

The main reason is a significant decline from service industries, the figures from the SSB show.

However, recycling is declining somewhat. In 2020, the recycling of ordinary waste delivered to material recycling, landfill, energy recycling, or similar facilities was at 69%, a decrease from 71% in 2019.

The amount of waste for material recycling amounted to 4.3 million tonnes in 2020, while the amount of waste destined for incineration amounted to 3.1 million tonnes.

Construction industry

Since 2014, the construction industry has been the industry that produces the most waste. That was also the case in 2020, and the amount of waste in the industry increased by 4% from 2019.

The amount of waste from households is the second-largest category, and it also increased by 4%.

The largest change in waste volumes was registered in the service industries, where the volume of waste decreased by 30% in 2020.

“The service industries are probably the industries that were most exposed to the consequences of the corona lockdowns in 2020,” the SSB writes.

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