A slight decrease in the total quantity of hazardous waste generated in the EU 27 was recorded by the EC, in the framework of Regulation 259/93. The report, which analyses the data submitted by member states to the Basel Convention Secretariat and the Commission, covers the period 2007-2009 and concludes that the decrease is most probably a result of the economic downturn.
According to the report, “With about 19 million tonnes annually, Germany had the highest quantities of hazardous waste generated in the period 2007-2009, followed by Italy9, Estonia10, France, United Kingdom and Poland. In the United Kingdom, the quantity of hazardous waste generated decreased significantly in 2009. Quantities rose significantly in Poland between 2007 and 2008.
In terms of hazardous waste generated per capita, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal and Germany had the highest figures for the period 2007-2009. The lowest quantities per capita were recorded in Latvia, Romania, Lithuania and Greece.”