Municipal and hazardous waste
Statistics on municipal and hazardous waste are used to find out the volume of waste generated, collected, processed, landfilled and exported.
Terms and definitions
Waste having one or several characteristic features making them hazardous to peoples’ life and health, environment, as well as to peoples’ property, and which correspond to the categories of hazardous waste set in the classification of waste.
Dangerousness is characterised by explosiveness, flammability, toxicity, corrosivity, unmanageable reactivity, ability to cause carcinogenic, mutagenic and other changes in living organisms.
Data collection and statistical processing
Survey method and data source
Data on municipal and hazardous waste are obtained from the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre report 3-Waste "Report on Waste".
The report on waste "3-Waste" is submitted by enterprises, institutions and organisations producing municipal and hazardous waste and which have submitted an application or already have obtained permission to perform pollutive activities of category A or B, as well as enterprises having certificate for pollutive activities of category C for repair and maintenance workshop of land motor vehicles, mobile agricultural machinery and mobile machinery unusable for transport and other mobile machinery of all categories (L, M, N, O), waste dealers and waste management intermediaries, producers of hazardous waste and producers of waste who remove waste from the territory of Latvia for waste disposal, recycling or recovery by themselves. The report should be submitted also by all legal persons, which have any kind of permission for waste management.
Generated amount of municipal waste – approximate estimate of the total amount of municipal waste generated. This amount is calculated by subtracting the types of waste not unambiguously classified as waste (manure, wood waste used as fuel, scrap metal) form the total amount of waste generated and collected.
Contact person on methodology
Environment and Energy Statistics Section