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Almost 80 per cent of waste recovered

Target

4.3 The growth in the quantity of waste generated will be considerably lower than the rate of economic growth, and the resources in waste will be used as fully as possible through recycling and energy recovery.

Indicator

Proportion of non-hazardous waste recovered, based on figures for the total quantity of waste for which information on treatment/disposal is available
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Are we moving in the right direction? Published by the Norwegian Environment Agency

According to Statistics Norway the total recovery of non-hazardous waste undergoing known treatment was 77 per cent in 20151. Recovery has increased significantly since 1995, while the the amount of waste that is landfilled has declined.

The Norwegian environmental authorities are working continuously to ensure that the challenges in the field of waste are being met. One important measure that was introduced in 2009 was a ban on the disposal of biodegradable waste. This waste is often suitable for both recovery and incineration with energy recovery. The ban has contributed to a considerable reduction in the amount that is landfilled.