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Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on encouraging recycling across Northern Ireland. (135022)

“Towards Resource Management”, the waste strategy for Northern Ireland, sets challenging targets for the recycling and recovery of all wastes. I am committed to the development of viable end markets for recycled materials and to supporting the work of WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and other initiatives that will engage the business sector and encourage recycling. Sustainable procurement and purchasing policies across central Government will help to stabilise these markets. My Department will also be consulting on providing powers for district councils to introduce incentive schemes to reduce and recycle household waste.