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Municipal waste

Municipal waste Catalonia. 2017
Value (tonnes) Variation (%) Generation coefficient (Kg/inhab./day)
Total 3,844,296 3.0 1.39
Mixed municipal waste (1) 2,311,344 0.9 0.84
Landfill 1,255,526 0.5 0.46
Incineration 705,052 2.5 0.26
Recycling 128,525 -3.0 0.05
Composting 54,938 92.5 0.02
Separately collected municipal waste 1,532,952 6.3 0.56
Glass and paper 475,890 10.7 0.17
Composting/Digestion FORM 385,786 2.0 0.14
Other selective collection 671,276 6.0 0.24
Source: The Waste Agency of Catalonia.
(1) Recollida no selectiva de residus (fracció resta) per destí final.
Municipal waste Spain. 2017
Value (tonnes) Variation (%) Generation coefficient (Kg/inhab./day)
Total .. .. ..
Mixed municipal waste (1) .. .. ..
Landfill .. .. ..
Incineration .. .. ..
Recycling .. .. ..
Composting .. .. ..
Separately collected municipal waste .. .. ..
Glass and paper .. .. ..
Other selective collection .. .. ..
Source: Ministry for Ecological Transition
(1) Recollida no selectiva de residus (fracció resta) per destí final.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Date published: May 3, 2019.

Statistics RESMC

Methodological note

Waste is considered to be any substance whose holder disposes of or has the intention or obligation to dispose of. Municipal waste is the rubbish generated by households, shops, offices and services, waste not considered to be hazardous; its nature or composition allows it to assimilated into the waste produced in various places or activities (street cleaning, parks and green spaces, deceased pets and rubble from minor construction works).

The waste generation coefficient refers to the daily kilograms of waste generated per inhabitant. It is calculated according to the registered population.

The tables list the primary destination of the mixed waste collected or other waste and the gross amount of selectively collected waste.

The gross selective collection includes foreign materials (that is, waste that is not part of the residual waste being collected).

Mixed waste can be calculated by primary destination or final destination. The primary destination considers its point of entry into the waste treatment system following its collection. This may be the controlled landfill, incineration or the mechanical and biological treatment plant.

The final destination includes the controlled landfill and incineration data by primary destination and the destination of the waste after passing through the mechanical and biological treatment plant. The latter may be the controlled landfill, incineration, recycling or composting.

Until 2011 the mixed waste collection data considered the non-selective collection of waste by primary destination. Since 2012 they have referred to the non-selective collection of waste by final destination.

Pels anys 2000-2003 les dades de recollida de residus barrejats d'Espanya inclouen informació sobre la deposició no controlada.