Event Details

Information Session: Waste Statistics and their Quality

6 July 2017

During an information session on the European Co,mission’s report on Waste Statistics and their Quality, as well as Waste Statistics Regulation (EC) No 2150/2002, it emerged that a number of shortcomings exist which at times is leading to insufficient data collection.

The session, held on July 6, 2017 was organised by MEUSAC, in collaboration with the National Statistics Office (NSO), and with the participation of the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA).

A presentation was given by Mr Jeffrey Galea from the NSO on the regulation, the aim of the regulation being to monitor the implementation of the European waste policy, particularly the compliance with principles of recovery and safe disposal.

Mr Galea explained that the NSO receives data on waste from ERA and Wasteserv. Besides publishing the statistics in January of each year, the NSO sends such data to Eurostat. Statistics are also presented to the European Parliament every so often by Eurostat. ERA and Wasteserv receive data from private waste facilities.

The majority of stakeholders present raised concerns over the fact that some refuse truck owners do not weigh the waste on site but when it’s mixed. The fact that some refuse truck owners are mixing certain waste is also a cause for concern. This creates a problem when it comes to statistics as it’s too late to determine whether the waste came from households or industry, besides the fact that it gives a blurred picture of the tonnage of waste collected from industry or households.

Worthy of note is the fact that some Member States were not sending all the relevant information to Eurostat, creating a problem for the European statistics office.

Malta is always on time when it presents its data to Eurostat, however Mr Galea urged private waste facilities to send in the relevant data earlier than the stipulated date to help smoothen the process.