Scotland sends less waste to landfill

The amount of waste from Scottish homes and businesses being landfilled has dropped by almost 36% in the past five years, with the amount of waste generated falling and waste recycling increasing.

Information reported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in its annual Waste Data Digest shows that:

  • between 2005 and 2009, the total amount of waste generated fell by 22%;
  • the total amount of controlled waste landfilled in Scotland dropped from 7.3 million tonnes in 2005 to 4.7 million tonnes in 2009;
  • between 2005 and 2009, the amount of biodegradable waste landfilled fell by 26%;
  • waste treated by waste management sites in Scotland rose by 30% over the past five years, as waste to landfill figures fell;
  • the amount of household waste recycled and composted grew by 45% between 2005 and 2009.

The full figures are available in the Waste Data Digest 11 Key facts and trends: