Minimising waste

Figure 15 shows the proportion of indicator components for which ‘Minimising waste’ is the primary goal that have been assigned to each assessment category, with the exact number of indicator components shown as a label on the bars.

Of the 8 indicator components for which Minimising Waste is the primary goal, all showed an improvement over the medium and long term. However, several indicators did not have a sufficiently long time series to be assessed for these time periods. Over the short term, 3 indicator components showed an improvement, 2 showed little or no change and 3 showed a deterioration. The 2 indicator components for waste crime shifted into a less positive assessment category over the short term; one moved to little or no change and one to deterioration. There was a continued improvement for 2 of the marine litter indicator components and consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions. Two additional indicator components could be assessed for the short-term time period; waste from households recycling rates showed little or no change, and residual waste showed a deterioration. The short-term time period covered the most recent 5 years for which an assessment could be made, which was 2009 to 2014 for C1a, 2014 to 2019 for C1b, 2012 to 2017 for J1, 2015 to 2020 for J3, and 2013 to 2018 for J4 and J6.

Figure 15: Summary of assessment results for Minimising Waste indicator components

Plot legend: list of stacked components included in each bar

  • Improvement
  • Little or no change
  • Deterioration
  • Not assessed