Political target and national waste strategy

As much waste as possible shall be recycled, and all hazardous waste shall be collected and disposed of properly.

The authorities are working to identify and reduce the use of environmentally hazardous substances in products and to ensure that more hazardous waste is collected. The main rule is that waste which cannot or should not be recycled must be taken out of circulation and not recycled, but disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.

Norway’s targets and strategies for waste management are described in the national waste strategy, ‘From waste to resource’, which was published in 2013.

Hazardous waste

The definition of hazardous waste is constantly changing, and the volume of waste considered to be hazardous has increased. The authorities’ goal is to ensure that all hazardous waste is collected and properly treated.

At the same time, the percentage of waste ending up in landfill sites has decreased markedly over the last few decades. Most waste these days is recycled, reused for a different purpose or undergoes a final treatment process.

Important infrastructure

The generally increasing volume of waste brings one of the challenges of the future: that of ensuring that Norway can handle and treat the volume of waste it generates.

Making sure that we have treatment facilities and the capacity to take environmental toxins out of circulation is one of the main goals. The current approach is to remove environmental toxins from circulation, and not recycle them for use in new products.

Regulations aim to ensure that hazardous waste is handled responsibly, and a target has been set to stop all discharges by 2020.