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Waste - Households Recycling Selected Items

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Percentage of Households Recycling Selected Items

The Scottish Household Survey provides information on recycling behaviour amongst households in Scotland. In the period 2003-2011, households were asked which of a selection of certain waste items, if any; they had recycled from home in the past month. Before 2003, the same question was asked of a random adult in the household. From 2014, households were asked a modified question asking if, in general, they recycled a selection of materials.

Since 2003, the percentage of households recycling waste has increased for each item in the survey up until 2011, when the question was suspended until 2014. Between 2011 and 2015, there was little change in the percentage of households recycling each item, except for plastic bottles which increased by 7 percentage points to 82%. In 2015, the recycling rate was highest for paper and card at 87% and lowest for glass at 77%.

Percentage of households surveyed 2003 – 2015 and percentage of adults surveyed 2000 – 2002, who had recycled certain waste materials


Source: Scottish Household Survey

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