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Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has recently (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated relating to (i) litter and (ii) fly-tipping in England. (204656)

My Department and the Environment Agency jointly commissioned ENCAMS in June 2007 to carry out a research project to explore the current perceptions among householders and tradespeople of the waste duty of care and the waste carrier registration regime. It specifically sought to understand:

awareness of the waste carrier register/duty of care among tradespeople and the general public;

triggers and barriers to registration on the part of tradespeople;

the usefulness of the register to the general public;

possible motivational messages/information to encourage tradespeople to register, and the public to use registered tradespeople.

ENCAMS delivered the results of this research in December 2007 and we will publish the results in due course. The results will inform any future DEFRA funded awareness raising work on fly-tipping, in particular, any campaign to support the new duty of care and waste carrier/broker registration regimes that is planned for adoption in April 2009.

ENCAMS was asked to look at what materials were collected alongside litter in public places and how they were dealt with and measured as part of the development of the ‘Recycle on the Go’ Voluntary Code of Practice, shortly to be launched by DEFRA. This was carried out between January and March 2007 and was funded through ENCAMS’ DEFRA grant. It is not yet published but a summary is available.

The Annual Local Environmental Quality Survey of England measures littering (under different source types) and records incidences of fly-tipping and waste placed out. The latest report is 2006-07, published on both the DEFRA and ENCAMS websites. The detailed sources of fly-tipping and wastes placed out is collected but not published. It is available on request.