Household waste

  • Total quantity of household waste shows largely downward trend since 2008

    In 2018, a total of 3.1 million tonnes of household waste was collected. The total amount of household waste has shown a largely downward trend since 2008. This trend can mainly be explained by the evolution of the selectively collected waste, which makes up nearly 70% of the household waste. Paper and cardboard waste and construction and demolition waste, both accounting for almost one fifth of selectively collected waste, show a downward trend. 

  • Almost 470 kg household waste per resident

    In 2018, on average 468,5 kilograms of household waste was collected for each resident. That amount decreased by 53 kg between 2013 and 2018.

    In 2018, 323 kg of selectively collected waste and 146 kg of residual waste was collected per resident. Between 2013 and 2018, the residual waste per resident decreased by 13 kg. During the same period the selectively collected wasted per resident decreased by 40 kg.

  • Two-thirds of household waste goes to materials recovery

    In 2018, 66% of the total household waste went to an installation for materials recovery: 44,2% to recycling and 21,5% to composting or fermentation. 30% was incinerated with energy recovery and 1.4% was landfilled. In addition, 2.2% of the household waste went to a mechanical-biological separation plant and 0.3% - the small hazardous waste (SHW) - underwent pre-treatment before being recycled, landfilled or incinerated.


Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM): Household waste 

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20 December 2018

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December 2020

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