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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

A slight increase in bio-waste leads to higher levels of waste in private households

Press release No. 511 from December 16, 2020

WIESBADEN – In 2019, a total of 38.0 million tons of waste were collected from private households. According to preliminary information from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), that was around 0.3 million tonnes or 0.8% more than in 2018. The per capita generation of household waste rose from 455 to 457 kilograms. Household waste includes household waste (residual waste), organic waste, recyclable materials, bulky waste and other waste such as batteries and paints. This slight increase was almost entirely due to bio-waste: the volume of bio-waste in 2019 was just under 10.2 million tons, in 2018 it was 9.9 million tons. That was an increase of 2 kilograms to 122 kilograms per capita.

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Domestic and bulky waste volume unchanged at 187 kilograms per capita

The volume of household waste (residual waste) and bulky waste remained unchanged from the previous year at 15.6 million tons in 2019. The household waste generated amounted to 12.9 million tons or 156 kilograms per person. In the case of bulky waste, 2.6 million tons or 31 kilograms per capita were collected from private households.

146 kilograms of recyclable materials collected per person

The amount of recyclable materials collected was also almost unchanged in 2019 at 12.1 million tons compared to the previous year. This corresponds to a per capita volume of 146 kilograms. Recyclable materials include paper, mixed packaging and glass.

Basic data on household waste can be found in the table “Generation of household waste“Can be called up in the database GENESIS-Online (32121).

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