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Norwegians consolidate waste "accounts"

Norway generated 8.5m tonnes of waste in 2000, 1m tonnes more than in 1995, the national statistics office (SSB) reports. Some 40% was recycled, composted or re-used as energy. Waste output has risen more slowly than GDP, in line with an official target, but observers suggest that the government will fail to meet a target of recycling/reusing 75% of waste by 2010. SSB has been compiling the report, which it describes as its first-ever "consolidated waste balance sheet", for seven years. Previously, statistics were compiled and issued separately by waste category. See SSB, and the report.

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