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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House authorities are taking to ensure that printer cartridges from Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology supplied printers can be easily recycled by hon. Members and staff. (89920)

The unified Parliamentary ICT service (PICT) came into existence in January 2006 and provides services to both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. All printers supplied by PICT have cartridges that can be recycled.

Members and their staff can return their empty printer cartridges for recycling in the return envelopes supplied with new cartridges. In addition the Department of the Serjeant at Arms arranges printer and toner cartridge recycling through the Parcel Service Office (PSO) who collect cartridges from offices. Customers are advised of this service when their cartridges are delivered.