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Departments: Paper

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has to increase the amount of recycled paper used in his Department; (122429)

(2) what percentage of the paper used by his office comes from recycled sources.

During the last financial year the core Department purchased 874 tonnes of recycled paper for printed publications (96 per cent.) and 235.8 tonnes of recycled paper for internal office use (100 per cent.).

DEFRA’s procurement policy requires use of recycled paper that meets the Quick Wins targets set by the Government in October 2003. These require all Departments to buy paper for printed publications using coated paper that meets or exceeds a 60 per cent. recycled target of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post consumer waste. DEFRA currently buys 75 per cent. recycled paper in this category. For office paper and publications using uncoated paper there is a 100 per cent. recycled target of which 75 per cent. should be post consumer waste.

The only exceptions to these standards are where recycled paper is not available for a specific process, e.g. security paper.