Waste Statistics in Moray

Latest Quarterly Recycling Figures: 60.1% of Household waste is recycled.

National Targets

(Percentage of Municipal Waste to be recycled or composted)

2020 -  60%

2025 -  70%

On average each household in Moray produces 398kg of waste per year.

Approximately 43% of the average household bin is materials that can be recycled at kerbside.

26% of the average household bin is still made up of food and garden waste that could have been composted or placed in your brown bin. That’s approximately 4kg per collection.

There is still approximately 12 years of capacity left at Dallachy landfill site, with the increase in recycling this figure has remained unchanged for a number of years. Eventually there will be very little going to landfill so it may close before it’s full.

Green waste is the most potent source of methane, a greenhouse gas, when it is disposed of in landfill.

The rate at which waste is landfilled in the UK would fill up the Royal Albert Hall within 1 hour.

Over 5 million disposable nappies are thrown away every year in Moray and can take between 250-500 years to decompose.

We really don’t know how long some materials will take to break down in a landfill site if not recycled or reused but it has been estimated:

  • Glass bottles/jars: 1 million years
  • Plastic bags:  500 - 1,000 years
  • Plastic bottles: 500-1,000 years
  • Aluminum can: 80-200 years
  • Cigarette butts: 1-5years
  • Newspapers: 2-4 weeks
  • Apple core: 1-2 months

All above times are subject to variation depending upon the conditions within the landfill site.

Figures for 2007 - 2013

Total Household Waste Arising for 2007-2008: 52,215 tonnes
Recycled or composted: 21,417 tonnes (44%)

Total Household Waste Arising for 2008-2009: 52,511 tonnes
Recycled or composted: 22,106 tonnes (43.9%)

Total Household Waste Arising for 2009-2010: 55,321 tonnes
Recycled or composted: 22,019tonnes (41.9%)

Total Household Waste Arising for 2010-2011: 56,892 tonnes
Recycled or composted: 23,716 tonnes (42.4%)

Total Household Waste Arising for 2011-2012: 53,276 tonnes
Recycled or composted: 24,222 tonnes (43.5%)

Total Household Waste Arising for 2012-2013: 47,760 tonnes
Recycled or composted: 25,143 tonnes (46.8%)

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