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Prisons: Non-Domestic Rates

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether prisons pay charges to local authorities for the collection of rubbish generated by prisoners’ dwellings on top of business rates. (213544)

Disposal of waste is a matter for local management across the prison estate. As prisons are much more than simply ‘dwellings’ for prisoners, the waste comes from several sources. There is the equivalent of domestic waste but there is additional waste generated by industrial, commercial, horticultural and office activities. The majority of prisons now sort waste for sale, recycling or re-use. When waste cannot be disposed of in this fashion, generally prisons arrange for commercial collection and disposal. There is one known exception, when a prison pays a collection charge to the local authority.