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Domestic Wastes: Packaging

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) proportion and (b) tonnage of waste from household collection which is made up of packaging waste; (170536)

(2) what estimate he has made of the tonnage of packaging waste from household collection which is (a) recovered and (b) recycled annually; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 3 December 2007]: 4.7 million tonnes of packaging ended up as household waste in the UK in 2006. This accounts for an estimated 18 to 21 per cent. of household waste.

No estimate has been made by my Department on the tonnage of packaging waste which is recovered or recycled specifically from household sources.

However, the total amount of packaging waste recovered and recycled in 2006 was around 6.3 million tonnes.