Generation of waste 

Updated: 28.5.2015 - Next update: 1.12.2015

Circular economy stumbling on rocks

Recycling of stone that remains as waste is lagging behind when comparing to the reuse of other waste material, stone is primarily stockpiled. In past years, the processing of biodegradable waste material has moved to utilisation and, on the other hand, for example metal waste, electrical and electronic waste, scrap vehicles and glass waste are recycled almost in full in material use. In addition, the amount of mineral waste from mining and quarrying increased to 68 million tonnes in 2013, nearly 70 per cent of the total amount of waste. A majority of mineral waste are unrefined natural resources from ore and mineral mines, and earthworks, and a minority is ashes, bricks, concrete, etc.

In 2013, the total amount of waste was just over 98 million tonnes and increased from the year before. This was the case despite the fact that the statistical convention for wood waste has changed. Felling waste and wood waste from the forest industry are no longer classified as waste because they have become part of the production plan and their utilisation rate is very high. Waste reported as wood waste to authorities are, however, still left as wood waste.

Overall, the rate of recovery of waste was close on 16 per cent depressed by stone. However, good seven million tonnes of earthworks material like crushed rocks from quarries were reused. Altogether 1.9 million tonnes of waste classified as hazardous was generated in 2013.

Statistical release

Statistics Finland / Waste statistics

Description of indicator

Municipal waste refers to waste generated in households and waste comparable to household waste generated in production, especially in the service industries. The general common feature of municipal waste is that it is generated in the consumption of final products in communities and is covered by municipal waste management systems. Waste treatment refers to the recovery, neutralisation and final disposal of waste.