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Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many plastic bags (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost. (176555)

The core-Department purchases in the region of 4,100 clear plastic bags per month, for both recycling and under-desk bins. This totals some 98,400 bags over 24 months, at a cost of £6,000.

WRAP’s purchases of plastic bags in the last 24 months are:

Type of bag

Number purchased in last 24 months

Plastic carrier bags


Kitchen bin liners


Zip-lock reusable plastic sample bags1


Biodegradable liners for home composting


Biodegradable liners for food waste collections


1 The zip-lock reusable plastic sample bags have been used at various public exhibitions to give out samples of green waste-derived compost, containing a flower bulb suitable for planting in a domestic garden, in order to demonstrate that green waste-derived compost is a good growing medium. After use for this primary purpose, these bags could be re-used for other purposes in the home or garden.

Information on the WRAP’s costs of purchase could be provided only at disproportionate cost.