An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste - January to December 2014

date30 September 2015

Official statistics have been issued today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) which shows that Local Authorities in Scotland have recycled 42.8% of household waste collected in 2014.

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

For the first time, composted wastes which did not reach the quality standards set by PAS 100/110 during 2014 have been accounted for as “Other diversion from landfill” and not as waste recycled. If such waste was included, as in the previous method, the overall recycling rate in 2014 would have been 43.6%, compared with 42.2% achieved in 2013 and 41.2% achieved in 2012.

Data on household waste generation and management are collected to monitor policy effectiveness, particularly the commitments in the Zero Waste Plan and to support policy development. Further details on the methodology used to produce the figures are provided in the “Household waste” section of the annual Waste Data Quality Reports.

The figures are accurate at the time of publication. However the data may be updated if further revisions are necessary. Normally these revisions will be published concurrent with the next official release.

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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.