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Tobacco: Wastes

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the percentage of waste accounted for by tobacco-related products. (201327)

No estimate has been made of the amount of waste accounted for specifically by tobacco-related products.

However, the most comprehensive measure of litter on the street today is that provided by the Local Environmental Quality Survey of England, conducted by ENCAMS on DEFRA’s behalf. The survey is based on a random selection of 12,000 sites across a third of all England’s local authority areas. The percentage of tobacco related products is shown in the following table.

Percentage of sites on which smoking related litter is found

2001-02

60

2002-03

63

2003-04

79

2004-05

79

2005-06

79

2006-07

78