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Waste (Recycling)

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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27.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the promotion of recycling of waste materials.

My Department encourages the economic reclamation and recycling of waste in three principal ways.

Table 1
The number of inward investment projects: proportions of each year's total (in percentage terms)

for each United Kingdom region
197919801981198219831984198519861987
England
North East12121111997910
North West5109109127107
Yorkshire and Humberside15114542437
West Midlands625154172217
East Midlands8361053544
South East131511192521221817
South West746544434
Scotland151921212123151110
Wales101015131313121419
Northern Ireland101311458656
United Kingdom100100100100100100100100100

Note: Some non-addition due to rounding errors.

There is an awareness campaign through a video, literature, conferences and other meetings. The issues and opportunities in individual sectors are taken up through specialist conferences and meetings. These have covered or will cover glass, paper, plastics, oil and the role of voluntary collectors. The Department's Warren Spring laboratory carries out research and development work on recycling problems and provides technical advice through its recycling advisory unit.