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Industrial waste. By types

Industrial waste. By types Catalonia. 2021
Special Not special Total
Exploration, mining, quarrying, and mineral treatment 64 11,600 11,665
Agriculture, forestry and fishing; food preparation and processing 159 760,084 760,243
Wood processing and the production of panels and furniture, paper and cardboard 1,944 139,607 141,551
Leather, fur and textile industries 265 33,599 33,864
Petroleum refining, natural gas purification and pyrolytic treatment of coal 37 176 213
Inorganic chemical processes 9,587 86,969 96,556
Organic chemical processes 250,396 90,433 340,828
Manufacture, formulation, supply and use of coatings (paints, varnishes and vitreous enamels), adhesives, sealants and printing inks 17,301 15,035 32,336
Photographic industry 397 9 406
Thermal processes 49,804 437,385 487,188
Chemical surface treatment and coating of metals and other materials; non-ferrous hydro-metallurgy 24,874 15,601 40,475
Shaping and physical and mechanical surface treatment of metals and plastics 9,104 207,510 216,614
Oils and liquid fuels (except edible oils) 20,982 0 20,982
Organic solvents, refrigerants and propellants 10,407 0 10,407
Packaging; absorbents, wiping cloths, filter materials and protective clothing 41,010 79,515 120,524
Unspecified waste 35,686 157,767 193,452
Construction and demolition wastes (including excavated soil from contaminated sites) 8,286 264,836 273,122
Medical or veterinary services (except kitchen and catering waste) 20,685 275 20,961
Waste management facilities, off-site waste water treatment plants and the preparation of water intended for human consumption 2,297 650,621 652,920
Municipal wastes (household waste and similar commercial and industrial wastes) including separately collected fractions 3,241 925,838 929,079
Total 506,526 3,876,860 4,383,386
Units: Tons.
Source: Agència de Residus de Catalunya.
Note: Waste management facilities, off-site waste water treatment plants and the preparation of water intended for human consumption: includes the urban waste water treatment plants.

Last update: May 11, 2023.

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Industrial waste
Waste derived from manufacturing or industrial activities or processes. Can be: special or non special.
Special industrial waste
Any waste included in the application of Directive 91/689/CE, of December 12.
Non special waste
That which is not included in the previous definition.

Methodological aspects

Industrial waste is presented classified by types, by activity sectors and by counties, in accordance with the new Waste catalogue. Not included is waste resulting from mining activities or from the exploitation of stone, or radioactive waste or unclassified explosives. Neither is sanitary or municipal waste included, nor that from agricultural or livestock operations that is reused by the agricultural operation, or that which is managed as wastewater.

Groupings according to Section 8 of EU Regulation 849/2010, in relation to statistics on waste:

  • 1 Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing
  • 2 Mining industry
  • 3 Food, beverages and tobacco
  • 4 Textiles, dressmaking, leather and footwear
  • 5 Wood and cork, except furniture; basketware
  • 6 Paper, graphic arts and recorded media
  • 7 Coke products and petroleum refinery
  • 8 Chemical industries, pharmaceutical products, rubber & plastic materials
  • 9 Other non metallic mineral products
  • 10 Metallurgy and metal products
  • 11 Computer products, electronics and optics, electric machinery, mechanical, motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers, other transport materials
  • 12 Furniture, manufacturing, machinery and equipment
  • 13 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning
  • 14 Collection, supply and treat. of water, sewage, purification and others
  • 15 Collection, treatment and elimination of waste; evaluation
  • 16 Construction
  • 17 Services (except wholesale of scrap metal and waste)
  • 18 Wholesale of scrap metal and waste

In accordance with the criteria of the Industrial Waste Management Programme (PROGRIC), and on the basis of Declaration 2006, the data on industrial waste is determined in accordance with the grouping into activities: industries, treatment plants and waste managers.

The data of Industrial waste obtained from annual declarations of industrial waste.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".