In 2014 the business sector of the waste employed nearly 14 000 people (a thousand less than in 2010) and sum up a turnover of 1,5 billion euros. Consisting mainly of private societies or equivalent, these companies reported between 2010 and 2014 apparent labour productivity and investment rates higher than the total of non-financial societies.
In terms of economic performance, there has been a contraction of activity expressed by significant decreases in the GVA, employment and investment.
On the contrary, the financial performance indicators of these societies improved with the degree of financial autonomy increasing and the level of debt decreasing.
The transactions in the international market of recyclable materials (plastic, glass and paper and cardboard) tended to a stabilization of average trading prices and, with the exception for paper and cardboard, for a lower price volatility.
The comparison of Greenhouse Gases emissions, from the waste sector between 1990 and 2013, places Portugal in the group of Member States which decreased the emissions from waste, but at the lowest pace of reduction.