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Generation and Management of Household Waste: a data cube slice

Household waste presented by waste category and method of management

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Measure Type
  1. Count
  2. Ratio
Reference Period
  1. 2011
  2. 2012
  3. 2013
  4. 2014
  5. 2015
  6. 2016
  7. 2017
  8. 2018
Waste Category
  1. Animal and mixed food waste
  2. Batteries and accumulators wastes
  3. Chemical wastes
  4. Combustion wastes
  5. Discarded equipment (excluding discarded vehicles, batteries and accumulators wastes)
  6. Discarded vehicles
  7. Glass wastes
  8. Health care and biological wastes
  9. Household and similar wastes
  10. Metallic wastes, ferrous
  11. Metallic wastes, mixed ferrous and non-ferrous
  12. Metallic wastes, non-ferrous
  13. Mineral waste from construction and demolition
  14. Mixed and undifferentiated materials
  15. Paper and cardboard wastes
  16. Plastic wastes
  17. Rubber wastes
  18. Soils
  19. Textile wastes
  20. Total Waste
  21. Used oils
  22. Vegetal wastes
  23. Wood wastes
Waste Management
  1. Landfilled
  2. Other Diversion
  3. Other Diversion (pre 2014 method)
  4. Recycled
  5. Recycled (pre 2014 method)
  6. Waste Generated
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries
  2. Council Areas
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About the Dataset
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Next update due
September 2020

Waste from Scottish households generated and managed. The dataset is categorised by calendar year, waste category, and method of management. Management categories are: Recycled (includes waste reused and recycling of dry mixed recyclable waste, and organic waste composted or digested), Landfilled, and Other diversion from landfill (including incineration, recycling of incineration outputs, organic waste composted or digested at sites not accredited to the industry standard).

More information on waste data is also available on the SEPA website.

Confidentiality Policy

This is aggregated data and is not considered confidential in nature.

Quality Management

Data is sourced from Scottish local authority returns as reported using the WasteDataFlow system. SEPA undertakes a series of verification checks on the data prior to finalising the dataset for publication.

Accuracy and Reliability

In the most recent reporting year there was a 100% return rate. SEPA undertakes a series of verification checks on the data prior to finalising the dataset for publication .More information is available in the SEPA quality report.

Coherence and Comparability

This dataset is presented rounded to the nearest tonne. For this reason, totals may not exactly equal the sum of their parts.

Data is checked against other SEPA regulatory returns, and any inconsistencies resolved during the verification stage. There are however some inconsistencies with other published datasets such as the Waste from all Sources statistics. These are due to the different source data collected for different purposes used to compile the different datasets. Inconsistencies include, for example, Paper and card recycled for households is only slightly less than the Paper and card recycled for waste from all sources - the waste from all sources would be expected to be considerably higher due to inputs of commercial waste. More information is available in the SEPA quality report.

Accessibility and Clarity

The household dataset can be viewed in a commentary report on SEPA's website. There is also an interactive tool to view and download parts of the dataset on Scotland's Environment Web. The data submitted by local authorities is also accessible to the public on the WasteDataFlow website.


The household dataset is used to measure progress against Scottish Government recycling targets. It is also of general public interest, with interest from media usually expressed on the annual publication.

Timeliness and Punctuality

The dataset is published approx. 6 months from the date local authorities are required to submit their data in WasteDataFlow. During this time the data is checked, resulting in one or more resubmissions. The dataset is typically published within one month of the completion of the verification.


Revisions are undertaken in accordance with SEPA's revisions policy. Normally revisions are issued during the following reporting cycle. Where revisions are required outwith the reporting cycle, the policy states that users will be consulted.


This slice of multidimensional data is not a Linked Data resource in the database: it's a virtual resource (i.e. you can't query it by SPARQL). But does have a permanent unique URL which can be bookmarked.
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Reference Period
Reference Area
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Waste Category
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Waste Management
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Measure Type
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