SustainabilityAmount of household waste increased by two kilos per capita in 2019

Today, the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) published preliminary data on the amount of waste generated by private households in Germany for 2019. According to the data, household waste amounted to a total of 38 million tons. This corresponds to an increase of 0.8 percent or 0.3 million tons compared to 2018.

As part of the survey of public waste disposal, this and further data on household waste can be accessed via the GENESIS online database in the table 'Volume of domestic waste'.

These are further details:

  • Household waste includes regular waste (residual waste), organic waste, recyclables (paper, mixed packaging, glass), bulky waste, and other waste such as batteries and paint.

  • The 0.8 percent increase in household waste between 2018 and 2019 to 38 million tons was accompanied by increased household waste per person – from 455 to 457 kilograms.

  • This slight increase in waste per capita was almost entirely due to higher volumes of organic waste: From 2018 to 2019, organic waste increased by two kilograms to 122 kilograms per capita and from 9.9 million to 10.2 million tons nationwide.

  • In 2019, the volume of residual and bulky waste remained unchanged at 15.6 million tons. Residual waste per capita amounted to 156 kilograms and bulky waste to 31 kilograms.

  • The volume of recyclables also remained almost unchanged in 2019 at 12.1 million tons, corresponding to 146 kilograms of recyclables per capita.

Source: Destatis

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