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Waste Management

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures his Department has put in place to reduce its waste arisings; and what the quantitative impact of each measure has been. (142611)

Each site within the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has a programme of waste reduction measures appropriate to their site in order to enable them to meet the sustainable operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) targets. Performance information is continually monitored and reported quarterly and collated into a central report.

Latest performance data show that the total waste arisings for the Department have decreased by 8.12 per cent. from 5,716 tonnes in 2005-06 to 5,252 tonnes in 2006-07.

In order to further reduce waste arisings, we are about to conduct trials of other measures, which we hope will further reduce our waste output.