Municipal waste in Latvia: More generated, less collected in 2014

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Source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB)

Riga, Latvia – In 2014, 2.0 million tons of municipal waste were generated in Latvia– an increase of 5.9 percent, as compared to 2013, while 1.8 million tons of waste were collected – 7 percent less than in 2013, in its turn. During five-year period, amount of municipal waste generated has doubled, whereas amount of waste collected has risen by 16 percent, according to statistical data „Environmental indicators in Latvia“ published by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB).

Household waste comprise 28 percent of all municipal waste generated. In 2013, Latvia`s residents generated 312 kg of waste per person – 169 kg or 35 percent less than average indicator in EU.

Amount of waste landfilled increased

In 2014, 709.6 thousand tons of waste were landfilled in polygons – a rise of 6 thousand tons or 0.9 percent, as compared to 2013. During the time period from 2007 to 2011, the amount of waste landfilled has dropped from 804 thousand tons to 572 thousand tons, respectively, however, starting from 2011, the amount of waste landfilled tends to increase. In comparison with 2013, the amount of the waste processed in 2014 has increased by 160.7 thousand tons or by 9.3 percent, and four times more than in 2009. In comparison with 2013, the amount of municipal waste exported in 2014 has declined by 2.5 percent, while, as compared to 2009, the amount of waste exported has went up more than twice.

Productivity of the use of natural resources stagnates

In 2013, the productivity of the use of natural resources, revealing the amount of output (products) that can be generated by using one nominal tonne of natural resources, comprised € 0.49 per kg – 3.3 percent less than in 2012. During ten years, productivity of resources has gradually risen, reaching the highest point in 2009 (€ 0.58/ kg), while since 2010, the indicator almost has not changed, staying around € 0.50/ kg. In compliance with the National Development Pan of Latvia, till 2020, productivity of resources has to reach € 600 per ton of resources, in 2014, this indicator constituted € 512 per ton of resources.

Highest expenditures for waste collection and treatment

In 2014, Latvian enterprises have invested € 20.4 million in protection of water resources (40 percent of total investments in environmental protection) and € 15.2 million in air protection (29 percent). Compared to 2013, investments from resources of enterprises have dropped by 62 percent. Investments in environmental protection tend to fluctuate year by year – during the latest years, the highest volume thereof was recorded in 2013 (€ 135.6 million), while the smallest – in 2011 (€ 38.3 million). In 2014, enterprise environmental protection expenditure reached € 98.2 million – 20 percent more than in 2013. The highest expenditure last year was formed by waste collection and treatment (€ 47.9 million) as well as sewerage (€ 38.5 million).

Source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB)