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Departmental Recycling

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on recycling. (174399)

Targets for sustainable operations on the Government estate require DWP to improve its environmental performance across a range of activities. During 2006-07 the Department recycled 67 per cent. of its waste, exceeding the specific target to recycle 40 per cent. of waste by 2010 and placing us in a strong position to meet the 2020 target to recycle 75 per cent. of our waste.

The Department's sustainable development policy statement commits the Department to maximise recycling wherever possible. Working with our estates partners, Land Securities Trillium, we have concentrated on our major waste streams and have rolled out ‘total paper recycling’ across the whole estate. We are now exploring how this scheme can be further enhanced and extended to improve performance further.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years. (174430)

DWP waste figures, as reported in Sustainable Development in Government reports up until 2005-06, are provided in the following table. The figures shown for 2006-07 will be reported by the Sustainable Development Commission early in 2008.

Total waste (tonne)

Waste recycled (tonne)

Waste recycled (percentage)

2002-031

17,480

10,413

60

2003-042

22,057

11,758

53

2004-05

30,116

15,348

51

2005-06

28,089

14,782

53

2006-07

22,365

14,881

67

1 Figures for 2002-03 include information on waste generated from buildings on the former DSS estate only. Information on waste generated from buildings on the former Employment Service estate are not available.

2 Figures for 2003-04 include information for the whole year on waste generated from buildings on the former DSS estate, and for one quarter only for waste generated from buildings on the former Employment Service Estate.