ENV 6: Percentage of total waste arising that is recycled
Summary definition

This outcome measure will be useful in supporting ecological targets for agreed reductions in land fill targets. This indicator is returned to SEPA on a quarterly basis is a simple measure of the extent to which councils are meeting these targets.

Why do we measure this?

This indicator shows the percentage of total waste arising that is recycled.

Only household waste is now used to measure Scotland’s progress towards the recycling targets. In previous years, the recycling and composting rate was based on Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste (LACMW). Therefore, the two years cannot be compared directly.

Household waste includes household collection rounds, other household collections such as bulky waste collections, waste deposited by householders at household waste recycling centres and recycling points/ bring banks.

The new definition excludes non-domestic properties which were previously counted. This includes hospitals and nursing homes, residential hostels, residential homes, schools, universities and other educational facilities, caravan sites and campsites, self-catering holiday accommodation, prisons and penal institutions, public halls, royal palaces and premises occupied by charities and used for charitable purposes.

There is also a new definition for recycling, which sets out in detail what does and does not count. This is to move away from a focus on landfill diversion and towards high quality recycling of materials. Some activities no longer count towards local authority household recycling rates.

Refuse disposal includes any treatment of waste collected by the council which is recycled e.g. paper, cardboard, glass, textiles, ferrous and non- ferrous metal, books, wood etc.

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