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Waste Recycling

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the household waste recycling rates were in of each English region in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the rates were in each year since 1996-97. (101115)

[holding answer 21 November 2006]: The information requested is set out in the following tables.

Household recycling rates in 1996-97 to 2000-01

Percentage

Region

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

North East

3.8

4.4

3.7

3.6

4.1

North West

4.9

5.4

6.0

6.9

7.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

3.7

5.1

6.0

6.8

7.3

East Midlands

6.5

7.2

8.6

10.5

13.1

West Midlands

5.4

6.3

6.9

8.8

9.1

East

9.3

10.5

11.9

14.1

15.2

London

6.0

7.0

7.6

9.0

9.0

South East

12.0

12.2

13.3

14.9

16.4

South West

12.4

12.3

13.6

13.7

14.9

Household recycling rates in 2001-02 to 2005-06

Percentage

Region

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

12005-06

North East

5.2

6.6

12.2

15.4

21.1

North West

9.2

11.3

14.2

19.2

23.8

Yorkshire and the Humber

8.9

11.2

14.5

18.6

21.8

East Midlands

13.7

15.1

19.3

26.3

31.8

West Midlands

10.2

13.0

15.7

19.9

25.1

East

17.4

19.4

23.4

29.8

34.1

London

9.3

10.9

13.3

17.6

20.7

South East

17.7

19.6

22.8

26.1

29.2

South West

16.6

18.6

21.4

26.6

31.4

1 Figures for 2005-06 are estimates and subject to change.

Further information is available on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/wastats/bulletin.htm.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on waste management of Manchester's joint private finance initiative procurement; and if he will make a statement. (101116)

[holding answer 21 November 2006]: The Greater Manchester waste private finance initiative (PFI) project is strategically important to the UK in terms of the sheer volume of municipal solid waste that will be managed, and the significant contribution it is projected to make in helping the UK meet EU landfill directive targets for the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste away from landfill. The project will commence in late 2007.

It is anticipated that the project will divert 8 per cent. of the total required tonnage in the target year 2020, based on the 2001-02 starting position. In recognition of the large proportion of biodegradable municipal waste the project is projected to divert, it has been allocated a comparatively large amount of PFI credits—£100 million—which is equivalent to £6.66 million per 100,000 tonnes of waste.