The total gross value added (GVA) generated by the Public utility industry was around 508.0 million EUR in 2020, which is 1.3% of the total GVA of the country and 1.1% of Serbia’s GDP. Observed by activities, nearly 280 million EUR created by waste collection, treatment, and disposal activities; materials recovery (55.1%) and 224 million EUR by water collection, treatment, and supply (44%). The other two activities have a negligible contribution. From 2016 to 2020, the GVA share of the public utility industry in total GVA and GDP of the Republic of Serbia shows a slightly declining trend.
Export of these products in 2021 amounted to 215.2 million EUR which is 1.0% of total export and export of these products are much higher than 2020, by 50.4%. This sector of the economy is hiring 35.6 thousand workers (1.6% of total employment) while most are employed in waste collection, treatment, and disposal activities; materials recovery (19.2 thousand) and water collection, treatment, and supply (15.8 thousand). In the public utility industry in 2021 was operating 1.1 thousand active companies and 1.1 thousand entrepreneurs which is in total around 2.2 thousand.