Skip to main content

Data on the reuse, recycling and composting of municipal waste for April to June 2020.

These figures are based on provisional data which is published quarterly, with final data for the financial year published annually.

The period April to June 2020 was during the early part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Main points

July 2019 to June 2020

  • 64% of waste was reused/recycled/composted, a slight increase from the year ending June 2019.

April to June 2020

  • 64% of municipal waste was reused/recycled/composted, a 3 percentage point decrease on the same quarter of 2019.
  • 340,000 tonnes of municipal waste were generated, a 15% decrease on the same quarter of 2019.


Lockdown restrictions meant that the way in which local authorities could collect, manage and process municipal waste and the way in which people and businesses disposed of waste was different to earlier periods. For example, most local authority civic amenities sites were closed for at least part of this period, businesses were closed and more people were spending longer periods of time at their homes than previously. These changes would have impacted on quantities and types of waste collected, though the overall impact of the restrictions on annual statistics is currently difficult to assess in just one quarter. Changes in COVID-19 restrictions are likely to continue to impact on local authority municipal waste data for more recent quarters, and these will be considered in future releases.


Datasets and interactive tools


Stuart Neil

Telephone: 0300 025 6822

Rydym yn croesawu galwadau a gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg / We welcome calls and correspondence in Welsh.


Telephone: 0300 025 8099

Rydym yn croesawu galwadau yn Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.