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Food

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much food waste his Department generated in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (208130)

Statistics on food waste generated by the Department are only available for the past three years. The figures are:

January to December each year

Kilograms

2005

8,785

2006

5,125

2007

5,375

A food waste recycling programme was introduced in March 2008. Through this, food waste is removed from the building and transported to a biogas plant where it is subjected to an anaerobic digestion process. In addition, the process produces fertilizer and electricity as by-products.