The responsibility of waste production: Comparison of European waste statistics regulation and Dutch National Waste Registry

Rusne Sileryte*, Alexander Wandl, Arjan van Timmeren

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Abstract

The announcement of a new Circular Economy Action Plan as part of the European Green Deal policy has created an urgent need for the reliable information on resource flows to monitor and support the transition. An updated Monitoring Framework is set to rely as much as possible on European Statistics, however at this point there are no changes introduced in supranational statistics regulations. This raises a question whether regulations that have been created before the paradigm shift are still able to supply us with statistics necessary to inform policy makers about current successful practices, remaining barriers, positive and negative impacts of the transition and overall progress towards the set goals. This paper focuses on the Waste Statistics Regulation, specifically the relationship between the types of waste and economic activities which are considered to be the waste producers. Dutch National Waste Registry is used as a case study to compare the guidelines on pan-European waste data collection to the actual waste reports. The task of this publication is to explore to which extent the guidelines available in the Waste Statistics Regulation correspond to the operational reality. To do so it presents a computational method to link waste producers to their economic activities using a national Trade Registry. An extensive discussion of the results provides insights and recommendations for the future guidelines of waste statistics to support circular economy transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalWaste Management
Volume151
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Circular economy
  • Waste producers
  • Waste statistics
  • Waste statistics regulation

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