New Scottish waste and recycling data published for 2012

date04 November 2014

Newly compiled data has been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today which provides a breakdown of all waste generated and managed in Scotland during 2012.

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The data brings together information on the waste collected from all sources, such as commercial enterprises, the construction industry and households, including detailed information on the waste generated, recycled and disposed to landfill. 

Publicly available on the Scotland’s Environment website, the data is presented for the first time through the new interactive Waste Discover Data tool. The tool allows users to analyse and display data in greater detail, while filters are available to isolate key information by waste management method, origin, hazard, location and specific waste material.

The tool also provides a trend for Scottish waste being sent to landfill sites, which since 2007, has observed a reduction of 39% to an all-time low of 4,493,924 tonnes.

Jim Pritchard, Data Unit Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

The breadth of information which has been made available as part of the 2012 figures is very pleasing and I fully expect it to become a useful tool for  individual businesses and the wider waste industry, as a key indicator for meeting the targets set by the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan.

“The Waste Discover Data tool also allows any user to gain a greater insight than ever before into Scotland’s performance as a zero waste nation – a service which we hope will improve year on year, as more results are added."

The new Waste Discover Data tool is a sister application to the Household Waste Discover Data tool, first released in 2012 and recently updated with 2013 household data, which presents waste from household sources in a visual and interactive manner.  

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