Official Statistics

UK statistics on waste

Figures compiled on the total waste generated for the whole of the UK.



Publication of this official statistic, UK statistics on waste (July 2021 update), has been delayed to allow devolved administrations to prepare for release following a public holiday. The publication date has been moved from 14 July 2021 to 15 July 2021.

This release contains statistics on waste produced at a UK level. The topics covered in this publication are:

  • Waste from Households – 2010-19. UK and country breakdown.
  • BMW (Biodegradable Municipal Waste) to landfill – 2010-19. UK and country breakdown.
  • WStatR (Waste Statistics Regulation) generation breakdown – 2010-18. UK and England breakdown but not DAs.
  • WStatR treatment breakdown – 2010-18. UK and England breakdown but not DAs.
  • WStatR infrastructure breakdown - 2012-18. UK and England breakdown but not DAs.
  • C&I (Commercial and Industrial) waste generation – UK 2010-18, England 2010-19. UK and England breakdown but not DAs.
  • C&D (Construction and Demolition) recovery – 2010-18. UK and England breakdown but not DAs.
  • Packaging waste recycling and recovery – 2020. UK only.

UK figures are compiled to comply with reporting requirements against the EC Waste Framework Directive, EC Waste Statistics Regulation, EC Landfill Directive and EC Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

The datasets associated with this publication can be found here ENV23 - UK statistics on waste

Defra statistics: environment

Taking a minute to provide an insight into your data requirements would really help us improve the way we produce our data in the future. Please complete a snap survey at:

All responses will be taken into account in developing future products.

Published 25 September 2014
Last updated 15 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Annual publication with updated data.

  2. Paragraph added to details section explaining the putting back of the publication date of this statistical release from 14 July 2021 to 15 July 2021.

  3. Amendments made to statistical release to meet accessibility requirements.

  4. Amendment to figure 4.

  5. Annual update.

  6. Minor revisions to figures.

  7. Correction to minor error in the Commercial & Industrial methodology document.

  8. Annual update.

  9. Revisions to release and associated datasets.

  10. Annual update.

  11. Minor amendments to the data and text slightly revised.

  12. Previous statistical notice already on web page deleted as per instructions of responsible statistician.

  13. New UK statistics on waste published.

  14. To publish 2014 biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) to landfill figures.

  15. New UK waste figures published.

  16. This update is to add 2010-12 UK estimates that were intended for inclusion in the original release on 25 September 2014, but were withdrawn in order to allow further quality assurance.

  17. New publication released

  18. First published.

  19. Information on new release updated