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Classification - EWC-Stat

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Short description

The waste categories are defined on the basis of the European Statistical Waste Classification System (EWC-Stat), which has been created specifically for the purposes of waste statistics in the European Union.

This is a material-oriented nomenclature. Wastes generated are to be reported by 51 waste categories, of which 21 refer to hazardous wastes and 30 to non-hazardous wastes. For the EWC-Stat categories, it is specified with waste identification codes (HAK) which wastes belong to each category.

EWC-Stat short description (pdf, 93 KB)


The code numbers and descriptions of the items of the classification.

EWC-Stat 2010 structure (xlsx, 12 KB)

Explanatory notes

The explanatory notes determine the contents of the classification items. They help to find the appropriate category in the classification.

Search engine

It supports the quick search in the classification. After searching by code number or text, it displays those items of the classification that contain the relevant code number or text.


Principles and rules of classification to be applied.

EWC-Stat methodology (pdf, 286 KB)

Correspondence tables

Conversion key between the items of the current version of classification and those of the previous version.

Legal basis

Legislation ordering the use of the classification.

Predecessor classification (Old versions)

Previous versions of the classification can be found here.

EWC-Stat 2002 structure (xlsx, 12 KB)

International version of classification

European Statistical Waste Classification System

Further assistance in the use of the classification click here.

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