SEPA is responsible for reporting national waste statistics to the Scottish Government and European Union among others. As regulator, SEPA also has a duty to assess whether waste management sites comply with the conditions of their licence or permit.
To do this, SEPA collects and verifies data from a number of sources, mainly:
- Operators of all licensed and most permitted waste management sites
- Operators of certain activities exempt from full waste management licensing
- Local authorities.
The Waste Data Strategy for Scotland aims to improve the quality of information available on waste. SEPA’s latest strategy was developed in conjunction with Zero Waste Scotland and a wide range of stakeholders.
Most of the data are presented as interactive tools with tables and charts that can be filtered to suit. All the data are available in Excel format.
SEPA also collects and reports on offsite transfers of waste from industrial sites through the Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI).