Survey on non-hazardous waste from large commercial establishments in 2006

Dernière mise à jour le : 08/12/2011

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction des statistiques d'entreprises (DSE)

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

The survey on non-hazardous waste conducted in 2006 in commercial establishments had a dual purpose:

- to estimate national production of non-hazardous waste from wholesale and retail commercial establishments, in physical quantities by type of waste, and to provide information on the destination of this waste;

- to enable France to conform to the European regulation on waste statistics (EC No. 2150/2002) of 25 November 2002. This regulation (WStatR) requires that the generation and disposal of waste (in tonnage) are monitored in 19 sectors of activity.

The survey concerns only non-hazardous waste (mixed or unmixed). Data on hazardous waste are obtained from consulting the annual declarations made to the regional directorates for Industry, Research and the Environment (Drire).

Thèmes abordés :

- The different categories of waste generated in 2006 in millions of tonnes:

   - cardboard, paper and paper-cardboard mixtures,

   - wood waste (unwanted and unused palettes, used wooden crates and boxes, shavings, sawdust, bark, etc.),

   - ferrous or non-ferrous metals,

   - plastic materials (polyethylene, expanded polystyrene, film, bags, containers, etc.),

   - glass (bottles, etc.),

   - discarded equipment,

   - garden waste, food waste, etc.;

- The destination of waste and how this is managed and monitored: sorting unit or waste reception centre, recycling or recovery of materials, energy re-use, land fill;

- The perception by establishments of the process of waste management: environmental concerns, economic issues, how to rationalise these operations, restriction or obligation, extra cost;

- The resources put into organising waste management:

   - waste management organisation in place,

   - dedicated staff,

   - employee awareness and training,

   - availability of sorting equipment,

   - existence of waste management methods shared between several establishments or with other establishments in the company or also at group or network level,

   - with establishments from other companies on the same site.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :

Metropolitan France

Champ(s) statistique(s) couvert(s) :

The survey covers the principal activities defined by NAF rev. 1 codes: 51 and 52 (excluding wholesale trade in waste and scrap).

Caractéristiques techniques

Unité statistique enquêtée :


Périodicité de l'opération :


Période et mode de collecte :

Data collection was by post in the first quarter of 2007.

Historique :

The survey on non-hazardous waste from wholesale and retail trade follows on from other surveys, in particular one conducted in 2005 (data from 2004) by the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) and the French Institute for the Environment (Ifen).

Other sectors, e.g. industry, were also covered in a similar survey for 2006.

Plan de sondage :

The survey investigates approximately 2,000 commercial establishments (1,000 in wholesale trade and 1,000 in retail trade) with more than 50 employees.

Autres spécifications :

Regulation no.2150/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union on waste statistics (WStatR) states that each Member State must provide Eurostat with data on the generation and disposal of waste every two years, while leaving them the choice of assessment method.

The Observation and Statistics Service (SoeS) of the Ministry for Sustainable Development is responsible for providing France's response to the WStatR.

To do so, this department will coordinate statistical data produced by the main bodies working in this field.

For the response in 2008 relating to data from 2006, INSEE was responsible for estimates relating to non-hazardous waste from commercial establishments, and decided to conduct a statistical survey on large commercial establishments whose main activity was wholesale and retail trade.