Which economic sector in Serbia generated the most waste last year?

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During 2019, in the Republic of Serbia, the following sectors: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mining, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas and Steam Supply, Water Supply and Wastewater Management, Construction and Service Sectors generated 64.5 million tons of waste, of of which 75.6 percent is non-hazardous and 24.4 percent hazardous waste. The largest share of generated hazardous waste is in the Mining sector (29.2 percent).

Regarding the generated quantities of waste, observed by sectors, and in relation to the previous year, in 2019 the following trends were recorded: sector Agriculture, forestry and fisheries – growth of 41.5 percent, Mining – growth of 39.2 percent, Manufacturing – 7.1 percent growth, Electricity, gas and steam supply – 0.1 percent growth, Water supply and wastewater management – 14.4 percent decline, Construction – 10.1 percent growth and service sectors activities – growth of 0.5 percent.

In 2019, a total of 62.7 million tons of waste was treated. Of the total amount of treated waste, 60.3 million tons (96.4 percent) were disposed of.

Recycled quantities of waste in 2019 recorded an increase compared to the previous year of 6.6 percent, which was mainly due to increased recycling of metal waste.

The amount of recycled waste used as fuel for energy production is 14.9 percent higher than the previous year.

Source: Republic Bureau of Statistics