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Waste Disposal: EC Law

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what process of consultation he plans to undertake to inform the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive. (250768)

[holding answer 28 January 2009]: EU member states are required to bring the revised Waste Framework Directive into force by 12 December 2010. DEFRA proposes to inform the directive’s transposition in England by means of a two-stage consultation process. Stage 1 will consult on issues of policy and strategy and stage 2 on the transposing legislation. On the basis of our provisional timetable, stage 1 will be published in spring 2009 and stage 2 by the end of 2009. Both consultations will be for 12-week periods and will be carried out in line with the principles in the Government’s “Code of Practice on Consultation” (July 2008).

As waste policy is a devolved matter, transposition and implementation of the directive in other parts of the United Kingdom and the associated consultation process is the responsibility of the relevant devolved Administration.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the application of Article 3 (1) (b) (i) of the 2006 Waste Directive. (251152)

Our measures to provide for the recovery of waste in England are set out in the Waste Strategy for England 2007.

Since 2006 we have made significant progress. Recycling and composting of household waste was at 34 per cent. in 2007-08. The recycling of packaging has increased to around 59 per cent. Less waste is being landfilled, with a decrease from 65 million tonnes in 2006 to 62 million tonnes in 2007. Total municipal waste collected is also decreasing, down by 2.3 per cent. between 2006-07 and 2007-08.

A revised EU Waste Framework Directive has recently been adopted (Directive 2008/98/EC) and member states are required to bring its provisions into effect by 12 December 2010.