Waste generated

Latest update: 27 September 2022

This indicator measures the amount of household waste generated in million tonnes. Find out more about this indicator.

There has been a reduction of 5 per cent since 2011, which was the first year comparable data was collected.

The amount of household waste generated in Scotland rose by 2 per cent (55 thousand tonnes) between 2020 and 2021 to 2.48 million tonnes.

The data are held at local authority level and published statistics are available at this level.

Total household waste generated increased in 24 local authorities and decreased in 8 local authorities in 2021 compared with 2020. Of these, nine increased by more than 5%, and two decreased by more than 5%.

This indicator can be broken down by local authority, and by local authority (per capita). This breakdown can be viewed on the Equality Evidence Finder.

Performance Worsening

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