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Departmental Waste Disposal

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the waste generated by (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency has been recycled or composted in each of the last three years. (240890)

DEFRA recycled and composted the following amounts of waste in each of the last three years.

Tonnes/percentage

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Total waste

4,283

5,716

5,252

Recycled/composted

948

1,640

1,385

Percentage recycled

22

29

26

Reused/incinerated with energy recovery

1,262

1,047

1,506

Percentage recovered

52

47

55

At this time the Sustainable Development Commission has yet to publish Government data for 2007-08.

DEFRA has increased the number of sites on which it reports from 39 in 2004-05 to 54 in 2006-07. The waste data also include laboratory waste. A large amount of laboratory waste is hazardous and cannot be recycled.

The following table shows Environment Agency estimates for waste recycled from its offices and depots for the last two financial years. Prior to 2006-07 records were not held centrally and are therefore unavailable.

Kilograms/percentage

2006-07

2007-08

Total waste

448,227

508,324

Landfilled

170,055

153,461

Recycled

267,956

351,634

Percentage recycled

60

69