This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Proportion of disposed waste from total collected waste, by disposal method, region and waste collection authority
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'Disposal Method' refers to the waste management type.
Landfill estimates include recycling, composting or reuse rejects.
'Incineration with EfW' - EfW is energy from waste. Also included are amounts rejected for recycling, composting or reuse where incineration with EfW is reported as the final destination of these rejects.
Recycled-composted' includes household and non-household sources sent for recycling or for centralised composting; home composting estimates are not included in this total. It also includes small amounts of materials sent for reuse. Material which was collected for recycling but actually rejected at collection, by the MRF or at the gate of a recycling reprocessor is excluded. The percentage of waste recycled shown above relate to all Local Authority collected waste and so are different to local authority “household” recycling rates or the slightly narrower “waste from household” definitions. The Annual Results tables provide further statistics and detail on these.
'Other' includes waste treated or disposed through other unspecified treatment processes as well as process and moisture loss.
Proportions were calculated as the amount of waste from the selected waste disposal method in each local authority or region divided by the total amount of waste collected in that local authority or region. The percentage was then calculated by multiplying the proportion by 100.
Tables are based on quarterly data entered by local authorities onto WasteDataFlow. This data is published annually on a financial year basis( April to March). WasteDataFlow is a web-based system for quarterly reporting on waste collection data by local authorities to central government.
Recycling rates are different to those reported for indicator 12.5.1 because these data relate to all local authority waste for treatment, from both household and that not from households.
Local authority collected waste is mostly household waste but includes some business waste –similar in nature and composition to household waste where collected by the local authority. Other non-household waste such as that from from municipal parks etc and some non-municipal fractions such as construction and demolition waste may also be collected.
This data does not include all waste included in the UN metadata - for example, waste from agricultural and industrial premises, schools and hospitals, and construction sites. Sewage sludge, and faecal sludge are also not included in these data.
The methodology document for the data source can be found here. Tables are based on quarterly data entered by local authorities onto WasteDataFlow. WasteDataFlow is a web-based system for the reporting of collection and disposal of waste by Local Authority’s to central government. See the WasteDataFlow website home page here. This data is published annually on a financial year basis.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||24 June 2022|
|Metadata last updated||06 July 2023|