Situation of waste management

Technical and environmental criteria come together with the 2008/98/CE Waste Framework Directive of the European Parliament and Council, of November 2008, on waste management and treatment. This directive establishes action lines based in the reduction, reuse, recycling, energy recovery and disposal on landfills of waste, following this hierarchical order.

The public plays a very important role in this legal hierarchy, because it is necessary for the consumption habits of the society to be in communion with the three main areas: reducing, reusing and recycling.

The Maresme area has consolidated the trend started in the past few years with regard to waste, increasing the percentage of waste collected separately. Thus, citizens have understood the importance of recycling waste. In 2018, 45.30% of the waste generated in the area was collected separately, a percentage that is high above the Catalan average, which is 41.80%.

Municipal waste in Catalonia

A total amount of 3,977,571 tons of municipal waste was generated in Catalunya in 2018. From this amount, 1,661,077 tons –41.80%– were collected separately, the rest of the amount making up the mixed waste fraction (2,316,494 tons), 206,168 tons –8.90%– were recovered as energy, 498,046 tons –21.50%– were destined to controlled disposal, and 1,612,280 tons –69.60%– to treatment for recovery.

The resulting individual waste generation ratio was of 1.43 kg/inhab/day.

Situation in Maresme


Description: coastal area located north from the city of Barcelona. It includes 30 towns.

Population: 427,296 inhabitants.

Capital city: Mataró, 126,988 inhabitants.

Economy: textile, food, chemical and tourism industry.

Total amount of municipal waste in 2018: 243,194 tons.

Yearly generation mean: 569 Kg/inhab/year.

Coefficient of waste generation (population recorded in census): 1.56 kg/inhab/day.

Separate waste collection in 2018:

Glass: 11,160 tons

Paper and cardboard: 10,703 tons

Light packaging: 9,245 tons

Organic fraction + autocomposting: 31,813 tons

Bulky waste: 23,139 tons

Garden waste: 9,045 tons

Others collections: 15,066 tons

Total separate waste: 45.30%