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Waste Management: Standards

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) targets for and (b) outputs of each organisation in the business resource efficiency and waste partnership were for (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07. (175406)

[holding answer 18 December 2007]: The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme (BREW) was established in order to return £284 million of landfill tax back to business between 2005 and 2008. It provides this through a range of free advice and support aimed at increasing business resource efficiency and reducing the amounts of waste sent unnecessarily to landfill. While work is under way to plan for the goals in any future programme, there were no specific targets set for 2005-07.

The aggregated 2005-06 short-term outputs for the delivery bodies are shown in the following table. These show the impact of £18.5 million of the total £33 million funding for that year. Some savings will result from these interventions in future years, which are not counted here.


In-year result

Virgin raw material savings

682,000 tonnes

Carbon savings

320,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide

Water savings

5,630,000 cubic metres

Waste diverted from landfill

675,000 tonnes

Hazardous waste savings

120,000 tonnes

Cost savings to business

£88 million

Increased sales

£14.7 million

DEFRA has not yet released individual delivery body results for 2005-06. These include some selected long term results, which are not included in the table. Similarly, work is currently under way to verify BREW Programme results for 2006-07. I will deposit both sets of results in the House Library when they are available.