An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste - January to December 2013

date29 September 2014

Official Statistics released today by statisticians at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that Scotland's local authorities recycled 42.2% of the household waste they collected in 2013.

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Data for every one of Scotland's 32 local authorities are available on SEPA's website along with the figures for the whole of Scotland.

This is the third annual data set to use the updated recycling rate calculation required by the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan. In 2012 the figure was 41.2%.


Waste generated by households continues to decrease.

• 2.41 million tonnes - 2013
• 2.5 million tonnes - 2012
• 2.6 million tonnes - 2011

Recycling rate continues to increase.

• 42.2% - 2013
• 41.1% - 2012
• 40.1% - 2011

The Zero Waste Plan target is to recycle 50% of household waste by 2013.

Waste disposed to landfill continues to decrease.

• 53.5% - 2013
• 55.3% - 2012
• 55.8% - 2011


Notes to editors

• The definition of household waste and clarification of what counts and what does not count towards the recycling rate is available in the Zero Waste Plan – guidance for local authorities, published in March 2011.

• More information on the difference between household waste and LACMW is available on our website, along with changes to the definition of recycled materials. 

• Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.