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Recycling

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations he has received from local authorities on the recycling of televisions and computer monitors containing cathode ray tubes; (78442)

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the national operational capacity for the recycling of televisions and computer monitors containing cathode ray tubes;

(3) how many (a) televisions and (b) monitors containing cathode ray tubes have been recycled from local authority civic amenity sites since July 2005.

No such representations from local authorities have been received. The majority of inquiries on the recycling of televisions and computer monitors received by DEFRA officials have been referred to the Department of Trade and Industry, who lead on implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive.

There are an increasing number of WEEE recovery plants opening in anticipation of the UK’s implementation of the WEEE directive that are capable of dealing with waste televisions and computer monitors. These plants are regulated by the Environment Agency under a waste management licence.

Information on the number of televisions and monitors which have been recycled from local authority civic amenity sites is not currently gathered by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many public recycling bins are available in London; and what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) maintaining, (b) emptying and (c) replacing these bins in 2006-07. (79373)

Latest available data show that London has 38 civic amenity sites and 2,715 recycling sites. A recycling site usually consists of more than one bin and, therefore, data are not available for numbers of public recycling bins in London. No estimate has been made centrally regarding costs.

A range of information and statistics on waste and recycling in London is available from Capitalwastefacts (an online fact-file developed by the Greater London Authority and London Remade), which is available at the following address:

http://www.capitalwastefacts.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx.