The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published statistics providing details of household waste collected across all Scottish local authorities during 2020. The report includes the following key findings.
- The total amount of household waste generated in Scotland was 2.4 million tonnes in 2020, an increase of 0.3% from 2019.
- In 2020, the Scottish household waste recycling rate was 42%, a decrease from the 44.9% rate achieved in 2019. The total amount of Scottish household waste recycled was 1.02 million tonnes, a decrease of 66,000 tonnes (6.1%) from 2019.
- The amount of Scottish household waste landfilled in 2020 was 660,000 tonnes, a reduction of 98,000 tonnes (13%) from 2019, and a reduction of 794,000 tonnes (54.6%) since 2011. This is the ninth consecutive decrease in household waste landfilled.
- For 2020, the total amount of Scottish household waste managed by other diversion from landfill was 748,000 tonnes, an increase of 171,000 tonnes (29.7%) from 2019.
Source: SEPA, 7 December 2021