What do we see?
As can be seen in the graph below, 68% of primary industrial waste (excl. construction and demolition waste) in 2018 was given a new lease of life thanks to composting, fermentation, reuse, material recycling or use as a secondary raw material.
The gradual increase in the amount of industrial waste getting a new lease of life is partly down to the secondary raw materials that were reported less or not at all before 2012, but also to an actual increase in the amount of secondary raw materials as a result of economic growth.
What’s the aim?
In the implementation plan for household waste and comparable industrial waste, Flanders aims to produce 15% less industrial residual waste by 2022.
What does this indicator measure?
The recycling rate shows how much primary industrial waste is recycled in one calendar year. We can calculate this on the basis of the total amount of primary industrial waste or on the basis of the primary industrial waste excluding construction or demolition waste. An increase in the recycling rate indicates that the transition to a circular economy is underway.