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Waste and circular economy

The world produces more than it can consume. The ever-increasing amount of waste is causing problems everywhere. Also items that can be reused or recycled reach landfills. Landfilling of hazardous waste affects the quality of soil, drinking water and air. To save natural resources and the environment, more attention should be paid to the correct sorting, reduction and reuse of waste and various materials.

Waste statistics tell us

  • how much garbage is generated in Estonia every year;
  • how much waste is stored in landfills;
  • how much waste is reused;
  • how much waste is used for energy production;
  • how much municipal waste is generated per capita.

Waste statistics are needed for the organisation of waste management and development in Estonia. An overview of waste use helps to increase environmental awareness.

Waste generation 16.70 million tonnes
-17.4%
2020
Generation of hazardous waste 1.68 million tonnes
-79.5%
2020
Landfilling of waste 5.99 million tonnes
-20.2%
2020
Waste incineration with energy recovery 339.9 thousand tonnes
2020
Waste recovery 10.53 million tonnes
8.7%
2020
Generation of municipal waste 490 thousand tonnes
-8.4%
2019
Generation of municipal waste per capita 369.0 kg
-8.9%
2019
Recycling of municipal waste 30.8 %
2019
Recovery of hazardous waste 38.8 %
2020
Waste generation | 2012–2020
Generation of municipal waste per capita | 2012–2019
Landfill of waste | 2012–2020
Waste management | 2012 – 2020
Unit: thousand tonnes
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Recycling of waste 13,147 11,693 8,059 9,390 7,834 9,606 9,547 9,688 10,528

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