SEPA releases official statistics for Scotland’s waste

02 April 2019

Article: 53/1306

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published official statistics providing details of waste from households, construction and demolition, and commerce and industry. These statistics are based on 2016 and 2017 findings.

The total quantity of waste generated in 2017 increased by 5.5%, whilst 142,195 more tonnes of waste was recycled in 2017. The national recycling rate was 58.9%, a decrease of 0.2% from 2016.

In 2017, over 760,000 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill through incineration with energy recovery or co-incineration. This is an increase of 14.7% from 2016 and follows the longer term trend with 182.6% more waste recovered since 2011. The quantity of Scotland’s waste being sent to landfill increased to 32.6% of all waste managed.

Data on waste are collected to monitor policy effectiveness, and to support policy development, particularly commitments in the Scottish Government's 'Making Things Last - A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland'.

Source: SEPA, 26 March 2019