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Recycling: Domestic Wastes

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion and volume of household waste collected for recycling was sent (a) overseas and (b) to China, for processing in the latest period for which figures are available. (176573)

Where non-hazardous wastes (such as separated recyclables) are exported, they are generally subject only to commercial controls and not to the prior notification and consent procedures which apply to exports of hazardous wastes. Precise data on the amounts and destinations of exported recyclables are not, therefore, available.

However, HM Revenue and Customs' indicative overseas trade statistics indicate that, of the waste metal, paper, plastic and glass cullet and their associated scraps exported from the UK in 2006, 19 per cent. were destined for China. The tonnages for China that year were estimated at 2,400,000 against a figure for all exports of 12,700,000.