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Departmental Recycling

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years. (172514)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) can confirm that his Department recycled the following amounts of waste in each of the last five years.

Waste Recovered (tonnes)

Percentage Waste Recovered

2002-03

1,021

46

2003-04

2,560

55

2004-05

2,210

52

2005-06

2,429

47

2006-07

2,891

55

These figures represent waste that is recovered, which includes recycled, composted, reused or incinerated with energy recovery.

DEFRA has already exceeded the 2010 target of recycling 40 per cent. of waste and is on course to recycle 75 per cent. of all waste by 2020.