Waste Data Digest

SEPA published an annual Waste Data Digest (the digest) between 1997 and 2010. It has now been replaced by new interactive tools –Scotland’s Environment Waste Discover Data tool external link and Scotland’s Environment Household Waste Discover Data tool external link. Further information on the tool is available on our website.  

Historical Waste Data Digests are available to view and download below. The digest presents data collected by, or on behalf of, SEPA on controlled waste in Scotland and is divided into two parts:

  • Waste Data Digest: Key facts and trends - tables, graphs and text dealing with high-level facts and trends available;
  • Waste Data Digest: Data tables - Excel tables presenting detailed data on Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste (LACMW) and commercial and industrial wastes.
Publication Reporting year Format
Waste Data Digest 12: Key facts and trends 2010 pdf link (3.3mb)
Waste Data Digest 12: data tables 2010 excel link (2.9mb)
Waste Data Digest 11: Key facts and trends 2009 pdf link (2.7 mb)
Waste Data Digest 11: data tables 2009 excel link (2.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 10: Key facts and trends 2008 pdf link (2.3 mb)
Waste Data Digest 10: data tables 2008 excel link (1.8 mb)
Waste Data Digest 9: key facts and trends  2007 pdf link (1.7 mb)
Waste Data Digest 9: data tables  2007 excel link (1.9 mb)
Waste Data Digest 8: key facts and trends 2006 pdf link (1.1 mb)
Waste Data Digest 8: data tables 2006 excel link (2.6 mb)
Waste Data Digest 7 2005 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 7: data tables 2005 excel link (1.6 mb)
Waste Data Digest 6 2004 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 6: data tables 2004 excel link (1.6 mb)
Waste Data Digest 5 2003 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 5: data tables 2003 excel link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 4 2002 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 4: data tables 2002 excel link (1.1 mb)
Waste Data Digest 3 2001 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 3: data tables 2001 excel link (1.1 mb)
Waste Data Digest 2 1999/2000 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 2: data tables 1999/2000 excel link (720k )
Waste Data Digest 1 1997/1998 pdf link (1.5 mb)
Waste Data Digest 1: data tables 1997/1998 excel link (917 k)

The methodology for calculating the waste recycling/composting figures has been revised to discount weight loss from composted waste that is subsequently sent to landfill. The data reported under the Landfill Allowance Scheme reports for the relevant local authorities has been recalculated based on the new methodology so that year on year comparisons are more accurate. This will result in a minor change to the recycling/composting figures for Scotland and for a small number of local authorities identified in the 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 reports. These reports will be updated in due course.