Waste generation and treatment, 1985-2010

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More and more waste is being recovered or incinerated, while less and less is being sent to landfill sites. Fewer than 60 million tons of waste was generated in 2010 (excluding contaminated soil, dredged materials and animal manure).

Changes in amount of waste generated

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 2010 (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 renamed as recovery plants. The amount of incinerated waste therefore also declined. The amount of waste sent to landfill has decreased steadily in recent years.


  • Agentschap NL, Uitvoering Afvalbeheer (2012), Nederlands afval in cijfers, gegevens 2006-2010, SenterNovem, Utrecht (draft).

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CBS, PBL, RIVM, WUR (2014). Waste generation and treatment, 1985-2010 (indicator 0204, versie 10 , 20 May 2014 ). www.clo.nl. 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.