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Waste management statistics

The European Union is establishing a framework for the production of Community statistics on the generation, recovery and disposal of waste.

ACT

Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2002 on waste statistics [See amending acts].

SUMMARY

This Regulation creates a framework for the production of Community waste management statistics. This framework should provide the European Union (EU) with regular and comparable data in order to monitor the implementation of the Community policy on the generation, recovery and disposal of waste.

This Regulation provides for the production of statistics by Member States and the Commission in their respective fields of competence:

  • waste production (Annex I to the Regulation);
  • recovery and disposal of waste (Annex II to the Regulation).

Member States and the Commission are to use the nomenclature set out in Annex III to produce their statistics.

The data used to produce the statistics are to be collected by means of surveys, statistical estimation procedures or referral to administrative or other sources. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees are excluded from surveys, unless they contribute significantly to the generation of waste.

Member States must transmit the statistical results (including confidential data) to Eurostat within 18 months of the end of the reference periods specified in Annexes I and II.

Derogations may be granted for the data of the first reference year at the request of a Member State:

  • for the production of results on services activities (see Annex I, Section 8, Point 1.1, Item 16) and on the list of recovery and disposal operations (see Annex II, Section 8, Point 2);
  • for the production of results relating to agriculture, hunting and forestry (see Annex I, Section 8, Point 1.1, Item 1) and fishing (Item 2).

A programme of pilot studies is to be drawn up for the sectors of agriculture, hunting and forestry (see Annex I, Section 8, Point 1.1, Item 1) and fishing, to develop a methodology for obtaining regular data.

Another programme of pilot studies is to be drawn up, with the same purpose as the first but concerning the import and export of waste. Two more pilot study programmes are provided for in Annex I, Section 2, Point 2 (on packaging waste) and Annex II, Section 8, Point 3 (on the amount of waste conditioned by preparatory operations).

The Commission will adopt the measures necessary for applying or amending the Regulation. These measures relate to:

  • setting out the appropriate format for the transmission of results by Member States;
  • adjustment to economic and technical developments in the gathering, processing and communication of statistics;
  • adaptation of the specifications listed in Annexes I, II and III;
  • formulation of proper quality assessment criteria;
  • implementation of the results of the pilot studies.

Five years after the Regulation enters into force, and every three years thereafter, the Commission will present a report to the Council and the European Parliament on the statistics prepared under this Regulation, their quality and the burden on businesses (see related acts).

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002

29.12.2002

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OJ L 332 of 19.12.2002

DEROGATIONS FROM THE ACT

Regulation (EC) No 1446/2005 [Official Journal L 229 of 6.9.2005]
The United Kingdom and Austria are granted a derogation concerning waste statistics.

Regulation (EC) No 784/2005 [Official Journal L 131 of 25.5.2005]
Lithuania, Poland and Sweden are granted a derogation concerning waste statistics.

Regulation (EC) No 1829/2004 [Official Journal L 321 of 22.10.2004]
Belgium, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus are granted a derogation concerning waste statistics.

Regulation (EC) No 317/2004 [Official Journal L 55 of 24.2.2004]
Austria, France and Luxembourg are granted a derogation concerning waste statistics.

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Regulation (EC) No 574/2004

16.4.2004

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OJ L 90 of 27.3.2004

Regulation (EC) No 783/2005

14.6.2005

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OJ L 131 of 25.5.2005

Regulation (EC) No 221/2009

20.4.2009

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OJ L 87 of 31.3.2009

Subsequent amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version  has a purely documentary value.

RELATED ACTS

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council of 13 June 2008 on statistics compiled pursuant to the Regulation (EC) 2150/2002 on waste statistics and their quality [COM(2008) 355 final – Not published in the Official Journal].
Most Member States met the deadline that was fixed for them to provide data for the reference year 2004 and a quality report for 2006. Only 12% of the data requested was declared as missing.
Concerning the accuracy of the data submitted, the Commission reports problems related to the lack of legal definitions for waste, imports and exports of waste, incomplete coverage of secondary waste (waste resulting from recovery and disposal operations) and exemptions granted by some Member States to small businesses with regard to surveys. The Commission also highlights the existence of problems with classification (breakdown according to economic sector) and allocation (a distinction between waste generated by economic activities and waste generated by households). Finally, the use of imprecise conversion factors is also a source of error.
Regulation 2150/2002 invites Member States to reduce the burden on businesses with regard to data delivery, measured in physical terms (time required for response). Most Member States do not measure this burden in physical terms and they were therefore unable to report on this.
In conclusion, the Commission considers that the progress made towards more complete and harmonised European waste statistics is already obvious. These first results have also demonstrated the necessity to correct some shortcomings related to breakdown by waste categories, regional breakdown of data on waste treatment infrastructure and breakdown by waste treatment types.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1445/2005 of 5 September 2005 defining the proper quality evaluation criteria and the contents of the quality reports for waste statistics for the purposes of Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council [Official Journal L 229 of 6.9.2005].

Commission Regulation (EC) No 782/2005 of 24 May 2005 setting out the format for the transmission of results on waste statistics [Official Journal L 131 of 25.5.2005].

Last updated: 24.01.2010
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