In 2014 some 799 thousand tonnes of waste were generated in Iceland, thereof about 5% hazardous waste. Most of the waste total was soils, some 326 thousand tonnes which is 41% of the total waste. Household and similar waste was about 120 thousand tonnes and chemical waste was 87 thousand tonnes.

About 621 thousand tonnes went to recycling or reuse. 174 thousand tonnes went to disposal by land deposit or incineration without energy recovery. Waste to energy recovery was 3,819 tonnes. Most of the soils were reused for landscaping. About 90% of chemical waste went to recovery while 10% was incinerated or disposed to landfills. Of household and similar waste 99% went to land disposal or incineration.

Data was collected by the Icelandic Environment Agency from 70 corporate agents which were all companies specialising in waste treatment and large companies who handle own waste. Considerable amendments were made to the Icelandic waste management act in 2014, as well as an implementation of the Eurostat waste classification with the results of a break in series for waste statistics in Iceland. Waste statistics will be provided bi-annually from now on.

Quantity of waste generated in Iceland in 2014 
  Haz Non-haz Total
Tonnes      
Total waste 38,959 760,247 799,206
01.1 Spent solvents 126.3 0 126.3
01.2 Acid, alkaline or saline wastes 0 38.9 38.9
01.3 Used oils 1,951 0 1,951
01.4, 02, 03.1 Chemical wastes 8,903 78,396 87,299
03.2 Industrial effluent sludges 10 0 10
03.3 Sludges & liquid wastes from w. treatm. 0 0 0
05 Health care and biological wastes 198.5 95 293.5
06.1-2 Metallic wastes, ferrous 0 19,070 19,070
06.31 Metallic wastes, non-ferrous 0 3,924 3,924
06.32 Metallic wastes, mixed 0 21,007 21,007
07.11 Glass wastes 0 10,597 10,597
07.21 Paper and cardboard wastes 0 27,705 27,705
07.3 Rubber wastes 0 5,053 5,053
07.4 Plastic wastes 0 5,550 5,550
07.5 Wood wastes 204 17,549 17,753
07.6 Textile wastes 0 0 0
07.7 Waste containing PCB 1 0 1
08.2 Discarded equipment* 194 3,240 3,434
08.1 Discarded vehicles 0 6,364 6,364
08.41 Batteries and accumulators wastes 1,115 44.775 1,160
09.11 Animal and mixed food waste 0 17,629 17,629
09.21 Vegetal wastes 0 22,757 22,757
09.31 Animal faeces, urine and manure 0 1,002 1,002
10.11 Household and similar wastes 0 119,995 119,995
10.12 Mixed and undifferentiated materials 0 14,759 14,759
10.3 Sorting residues 0 2,231 2,231
11.4 Common sludges 0 3,721 3,721
12.1 Mineral waste from constr. & demol. 669 32,083 32,752
12.4 Other mineral wastes 11,131 19,240 30,371
12.5 Combustion wastes 13,909 61 13,970
12.6 Soils 163.59 325,519 325,683
12.7 Dredging spoils 0 0 0
13 Min. waste from w. treatm. & stabilised w. 384 2,616 3,000

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