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Recycling: Christmas

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect on the level of recycling of Christmas-related waste; and what steps she has taken to assist local authorities in dealing with such recycling. (178927)

I have been asked to reply.

Based on a sample of 20 local authorities in 2005-06, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that 190,000 tonnes of additional recycling will take place in the UK as a result of waste generated because of Christmas.

WRAP helps local authorities to promote recycling at Christmas through the Recycle Now programme, and works with the Woodland Trust to promote Christmas card recycling and the availability of dedicated collection points. The target for this year (2007-08) is to recycle 100 million Christmas cards.