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Waste generation and treatment, 1985-2016

More and more waste is being recovered or incinerated, while less and less is being sent to landfill sites. 60 million tons of waste was generated in 2016 (excluding contaminated soil, dredged materials and animal manure).

Changes in amount of waste generated

In 2012 some changes were made to the monitoring of waste generation and treatment. Where possible, these changes were implemented from 2006, but some only took effect in 2007 or 2008. The amount of waste generated increased up to 2008, decreasing again to less than 60 million tons in 2012 and stabilised on 60 million tons (excluding contaminated soil, dredged materials and animal manure).

Changes in waste incineration, landfill and recovery

Waste recovery increased considerably in 2010. This is because several waste incineration plants were assigned as recovery plants. The amount of incinerated waste therefore also declined. The amount of waste sent to landfill has decreased steadily in recent years to approximately 1.2 million tons primary waste per annum.


  • Rijkswaterstaat Environment (2013), Nederlands afval in cijfers, gegevens 2006-2010, RWS, Utrecht

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Referentie van deze webpagina

CBS, PBL, RIVM, WUR (2020). Waste generation and treatment, 1985-2016 (indicator 0204, versie 13 , 27 May 2020 ). Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), Den Haag; PBL Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, Den Haag; RIVM Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Bilthoven; en Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen.

Het CLO is een samenwerkingsverband van CBS, PBL, RIVM en WUR.