Business waste data

Publication Reporting year

Business waste data 2014

Methodology 2014


Business waste data 2013

Methodology 2013


Business waste data 2012 

Methodology 2012 


Business waste data 2011 

Methodology 2011 


Note: 2015 business waste summary data is due to be published in April 2017.

The above table shows calendar year summaries of waste generated by selected businesses in Scotland, including factories, utility and transport companies, shops, offices, hotels, restaurants, schools and hospitals. As there is no statutory duty for businesses to report to SEPA on the waste they generate, SEPA derives the information from statutory waste data received from operators of licensed and permitted waste management sites, and from operators of activities exempt from full waste management licensing.

Business waste data is a subset of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste data. As well as the businesses above, the C&I sector includes public sector organisations, such as local authorities, and construction and demolition (C&D) companies. Waste from the C&I sector is important because it is comprises about 80% of the total waste generated in Scotland. C&D waste is usually reported separately as it comprises 40-50% of the total waste generated in Scotland.

SEPA and the Scottish Government need C&I waste data for reporting to Europe under the European Union Waste Statistics Regulations, for producing Scotland’s Waste Data Discover tools, and to inform Scotland's Zero Waste Plan.