SEPA Waste infrastructure maps


SEPA has published a series of maps showing existing waste management facilities in Scotland, in support of the emerging Zero Waste Plan and the modernised planning system. This is an important step in providing clear information on waste and waste infrastructure in Scotland to assist the planning system. These maps have been made available for use by local authorities and the Scottish Government in planning for waste management facilities – for example in development plans and in the Zero Waste Plan – as well as available as information for the general public. 

These maps will be used to identify existing waste management facilities and to help plan for the future waste management facilities required to meet the Zero Waste Plan (and European Union) objectives. We will use this information when engaging in development plan preparation and when providing advice to planning authorities, the Scottish Government, members of the public and developers on waste planning issues.

These maps are based on the waste sites and capacities spreadsheet 2011 data, showing facilities with a SEPA Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit or Waste Management Licence, and will be updated annually as the national capacity work is published. The national capacity spreadsheet is available to download separately on the website.

The site activities are based on current information and are, to the best of our knowledge, correct. We are continually working to improve the accuracy of this information.

National maps

Three maps have been prepared at National level:

Local authority area maps

Individual maps have also been prepared showing all operational licensed and permitted waste management facilities within each local authority area.

A full list of the waste management facility types shown on these maps are:

  • landfills;
  • energy from waste plant and other incinerators;
  • pet cemetery/pet crematoria;
  • civic amenity sites (also known as recycling centres);
  • metal recyclers (includes End of Life Vehicle and Authorised Treatment facilities);
  • transfer stations;
  • composting sites;
  • anaerobic digestion plants;
  • other treatment plants;
  • multiple activity sites.

In addition to identifying the location of facilities, information on the amount and type of waste treated at each facility is contained in the maps. For information on how these maps have been prepared and how to use them take a look at our guide.

Alternative maps, based on the national capacity spreadsheet, can be made available on request. For further information and any queries on the maps, please contact Ailie Callan on in the first instance.