Eurostat reported that Albania generated 381 kilograms of waste per capita in 2019, ranking fifth from the bottom for the low amount of waste in Europe.
Estonia, Serbia, Poland and Romania were ranked after Albania for the production of waste per capita, while at European level Denmark, Luxembourg and Norway generated the highest amounts of waste, respectively with 844 kilograms, 791 and 776 kilograms per capita.
Romania generated 280 kg of waste per person in 2019. Three EU Member States also generated less than 400 kg per person: Poland (336 kg), Estonia (369 kg) and Hungary (387 kg).
The amount of recycled waste reached a new record in 2019. Over the past years the amount of recycled waste almost tripled from 37 million tons (87 kg per person) in 1995 to 107 million tons (239 kg per person) in 2019.
Since 1995, the amount of waste incinerated in the EU has doubled from 30 million tonnes (70 kg per person) to 60 million tonnes (134 kg per person) in 2019.
According to national data from INSTAT in 2019, it turns out that about 1.08 million tons of urban waste have been managed, marking a decrease of about 18%, compared to 2018. The annual amount of urban waste managed per capita, nationwide, in 2019 is 381 kg / inhabitant, from 462 kg / inhabitant in the previous year. In 2019, the amount of non-urban waste managed together with urban waste is 13.0% of the total amount, from 17.2% in 2018, marking a decrease of 4.2%.
The main component in the composition of urban waste is organic waste. In 2019, organic waste accounts for about 58.4% of the total amount of waste, compared to 61.2% that this indicator was in 2018.
In 2019, about 78% of the total amount of waste was deposited in landfills and waste fields, while in 2018, 76.4% were deposited, marking an increase of about 1.6% of the total amount of landfills and waste fields approved as temporary deposits by the respective municipalities. In 2019, 18.7% of the total amount of waste was recycled, while last year this indicator was 18.5%. In 2019, incinerators were treated for elimination and energy purposes, about 0.9% of the total amount of waste, thus marking a decrease of this indicator by 1.9%, compared to the same indicator in 2018.