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Departmental Recycling

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on recycling. (174408)

The Department's environmental management systems ensure that our waste is managed in a responsible and legally compliant manner. We:

Reduce the need to recycle and make recycling easier;

Identify materials which may be reusable or recyclable;

Feed back re-usable waste into the Department's own management systems;

Re-use, recycle segregate and legally store and dispose of waste;

Keep reviewing this policy to ensure if aligns with Government intent and adopt any new initiatives, where appropriate;

Encourage the generation of new ideas by staff to improve our waste handling;

Learn from our peers in the public sector and benchmark our progress; and

Work with our recycling suppliers to develop more sustainable methods and reward innovation.

In the Department's Sustainable Development in Government return for 2005/06 we were pleased to report 43 per cent. of our waste recycled and the 2010 target already met. The Departments return for 2006/07 is due for publication by the Sustainable Development Commission soon.