Some 11% of municipal waste ends up anymore in landfills

Long-term progress:
Recovery of municipal waste for materials or energy has tripled over the last 15 years. On the other hand, increasing waste volumes have offset part of this gain.
Short-term progress:
Municipal waste placed in landfills has decreased both in absolute terms and in relation to its share of all municipal waste, from the year 2008 to 2015.
Progress in relation to targets:
Monitoring the National Waste Plan indicates that it is unlikely that the recycling target can be met unless additional measures are taken, but the energy goal will probably be reached in the next few years.

Waste sorting increasingly popular

In 2015, 2,738 thousand tonnes of municipal waste were generated in Finland, about 498 kilos per capita. The quantity increased a little from previous year.

Although waste volumes are still relatively high, the waste is no longer primarily processed in landfills. In 2015, some 11% of municipal waste was taken to landfills, while ten years earlier the figure was nearly 60%.

  • Waste statistics, Statistics Finland and SYKE. 2015.


Published 2015-03-04 at 13:04, updated 2017-06-01 at 16:44