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National Indicator: Waste Generated

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Indicator Measure
The amount of Household Waste arisings in million tonnes

Current Status
The amount of household waste generated in Scotland showed a slight increase of 0.4 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to 2.47 million tonnes.

2011 to 2015

Source: Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
The data for this chart is available at the bottom of the page.

Last Update: 07 October 2016(revision)
Next Update: September 2017

Reduce waste generated

Why is this National Indicator important?
What will influence this National Indicator?
What is the Government's role?
How is Scotland performing?
Criteria for recent change
Further information
Who are our partners?
Related Strategic Objectives

Why is this National Indicator important?

A reduction in the amount of waste generated in Scotland is an indicator of greater resource efficiency and more sustainable consumption behaviour - addressing the first step in the waste hierarchy ('Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Recover'). The indicator measures household waste to be aligned with Scottish, UK and European targets and focus on the service provided by local authorities to individual households.

What will influence this National Indicator?

Three key factors influence the amount of waste generated. These are:

  • Rate of income and consumption growth
  • Consumption preferences and
  • Resource efficiency and waste avoidance

What is the Government's role?

The Scottish Government has a vision for a zero-waste society where all waste is seen as a resource. Scotland's Zero Waste Plan sets out radical new measures, including the development of a Waste Prevention Programme for all wastes, ensuring the prevention and reuse of waste is central to all our actions and policies

How is Scotland performing?

While the amount of household waste generated in Scotland has shown a slight increase between 2014 and 2015 (9 thousand tonnes), there has been an overall decrease of 5 per cent (138 thousand tonnes) in the amount of household waste generated since 2011.

The data is available at the bottom of the page.

Criteria for recent change

The evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 1 percent of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. A decrease of 1 percent or more suggests the position is improving; whereas an increase of 1 percent or more suggests the position is worsening.

Further Information

For information on general methodological approach, please click here.

Scotland Performs Technical Note

Who are our partners?

Local Authorities

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Zero Waste Scotland

Related Strategic Objectives

Safer and Stronger

Greener

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