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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Annual management of waste by management method (tonnes)
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Total Municipal Waste Collected/Generated1,553,5121,557,2291,543,3571,592,1781,589,7951,549,6841,542,487
Total Waste Reused/Recycled/Composted (Statutory Target)811,866846,091868,079958,2591,014,455971,112968,513
Waste sent for other recovery1,8024,5324,9243,9371,0101,9356,648
Waste Incinerated with Energy Recovery71,88889,907182,961301,906389,599374,458385,764
Waste Incinerated without Energy Recovery364341245656496677743
Waste Landfilled640,904587,390453,497288,820150,984170,510155,198
Percentage of Waste Reused/Recycled/Composted (Statutory Target)52.354.356.260.263.862.762.8


Local Authority Municipal Waste Management, 2012-13 onwards

Last update
Last update: October 2019 Last update: October 2019

Next update
October 2020 (provisional)

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
WasteDataFlow, Natural Resources Wales

Contact email

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local authorities

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
Data on municipal waste was collected using an online reporting system for waste data called 'WasteDataFlow'. In Wales, this is managed by Natural Resources Wales.

There is an apparent discrepancy between the total waste figures given for the 'Waste managed (tonnes)' table and other tables. This is because there is a slight mismatch between the amount collected and the amount treated. This can be a matter of timing if, for example, authorities stockpile waste for later treatment. There may also be some inconsistencies in the measurement since the waste is weighed when collected and again when it is sent for treatment.

Data collection and calculation
Natural Resources Wales validate all local authority returns and require that the difference between the amount collected and the amount sent for treatment must not differ by more than 10 per cent in any quarter.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
2012-13 onwards

Local Authority Municipal Waste