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Waste Management

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste the Waste and Resources Action Programme disposed of in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of total residual waste this represented. (182222)

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) recycles or composts 84 per cent. of the waste it produces, capturing 95 per cent. of the materials it is currently able to recycle. The remaining 16 per cent. is sent for residual waste management. This represents approximately 2 tonnes of waste per annum and 10 tonnes of recycling and composting.

The amount of waste produced, including recycling, is 57kg per office based employee. This is substantially below the Government's best practice level of 200kg per employee, set in Information Note 17/2000 by the Central Advice Unit of Property Advisers to the Civil Estate.