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Packaging: Wastes

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measurements were taken of the amount of packaging waste produced by each of the signatories to the Courtauld Commitment when the Commitment was signed in July 2005; (144353)

(2) what measurements will be used to assess reductions in packaging waste in relation to the Courtauld Commitment.

Each of the signatories to the Courtauld Commitment is an obligated company for the purposes of the Packaging Regulations and declares their total packaging use each year to the relevant regulators.

The Courtauld Commitment objectives relate to primary packaging taken home by consumers. When I met the signatories last November, I asked them to agree a protocol with the Waste and Resources Action Programme for reporting progress in a consistent and transparent way. A draft protocol is currently being consulted on, with a view to it being agreed and implemented in this reporting year.