An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland
Household waste - January to December 2011
Published 21 December
Official Statistics released today by statisticians at the
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that Scotland's
local authorities recycled 40.1% of the household waste they
collected in 2011.
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 first 12 month data set to use the updated recycling
rate calculation required by the Scottish Government's Zero Waste
Plan. Previous quarterly results, which are also available on the
website, have been published by SEPA throughout the year but this
is the first an annual calendar year figure has been available.
The new 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.
SEPA will no longer be publishing Official Statistics for
recycling on a quarterly basis. In future SEPA will publish
waste data on an annual basis only, in calendar years rather than
financial years. This will bring SEPA in line with European
reporting of waste data which is on a calendar year basis.
Notes to editors
- Some waste outputs are no longer classified as "recycling" but
as "recovery" because of the poor quality of recyclate. These are
recycled organic outputs from MBT plants and metals and ash from
- Some wastes that were previously classified as household are
now classified as commercial. These are street sweeping
waste, gully waste and street recycling bins.
- To add clarity and transparency to the data during the
transition from the old guidance to the new, SEPA has also made
available the recycling rate calculated according to the old
guidance. These figures are for comparison only and are included to
show Scotland's continued recycling effort.