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Palace of Westminster: Waste Management

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much waste was sent to landfill by the House in each year since 1997. (197405)

No waste from the parliamentary estate has been sent to landfill since 1998. A proportion of the waste is reused and recycled and what cannot be reused or recycled is sent to a power plant where it is burnt to generate electricity. Of the waste from the power plant; the larger clinker waste is used in road base construction and the finer dust waste is sent to landfill. During 2006-07, the parliamentary estate sent 1,173 tonnes of waste to the power plant. This waste is mixed with waste from other buildings and it is not possible to determine how much dust waste results from the burning of the parliamentary waste and consequently, how much dust waste is sent to landfill.