Released: 2004/05/14: See The full report
This report is a compilation of the information and statistics collected for the waste chapter and the chapter on material flows in the EEA report Europe's environment: the third assessment. On some issues, this background report does not provide further information than already presented in The third assessment. On other issues, such as waste streams, the information is presented only in the background report.
All in all, the report provides an overview of waste and material flows, and all the statistics used for graphs are presented in an excel workbook. For each graph there is one sheet with data by country.
If readers want a detailed encyclopaedia on a specific issue he/she needs to check further sources. However, with the background report we aim at meeting the wishes of many users who have asked for an overview upon reading the comprehensive report Europe's environment: the third assessment.