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Waste Management

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the Government have allocated to local authorities under (a) the Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant, (b) the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund, (c) the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and (d) Waste private finance initiative credits to support the use of radio frequency identification chips to assist with domestic waste collection. (94773)

Alnwick district council and Leeds city council were allocated £43,335 and £98,981 respectively as part of the Household Incentives Pilot Scheme, funded from the Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant in 2005-06. The pilot schemes used weight-based technology, including radio frequency identification chips, which enabled local authorities to measure how successful efforts were to reduce residual waste and increase recycling. As well as encouraging more sustainable resource use, increase recycling rates help divert waste from landfill and therefore contributes to our efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The final report from the Household Incentives Pilot Scheme is available on the Defra website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/encourage.htm.

No other central Government funding has been specifically allocated to support the use of radio frequency identification chips.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) funding streams, (b) special grants and (c) specific grants the Government has given to local authorities in England to promote (i) recycling, (ii) waste collection and (iii) waste disposal activities in each year since 1997-98. (94777)

The main source of funding for local authorities’ waste management services is the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services (EPCS) block of Government grant, distributed each year. It is for the local authorities to decide what proportion of the block to invest in waste management services, including recycling. Other funding allocated to local authorities in England for waste management since 1997 is shown in the following table:

Funding provided (million)

Scheme

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund

50

90

90

45

Waste Performance and Efficiency Grant

40

105

110

Grant to Relieve Spending Pressures on Waste

20

Household Incentives Pilot Scheme

5

Private Finance Initiative

70

100

125

130

255

280

Local Communication s Fund (WRAP)

16.2

Behavioural Change Local Fund (WRAP)

13