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Recycling

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress in increasing recycling rates. (210322)

England is making good progress in increasing recycling rates. Household recycling rates increased from 7 per cent. in 1997 to 33 per cent. in the year to October 2007, packaging recycling rates are up from 28 per cent. in 1997 to 59 per cent. in 2007, and the most recent Environment Agency survey in 2002-03 showed that recycling rates for commercial and industrial waste were 45 per cent.

Waste Strategy for England sets out the Government's plans to increase waste recycling rates for household, commercial and industrial waste.