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Departmental Recycling

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste was produced by his Department in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such waste was recycled. (252870)

Information requested is shown in the following table.

Tonnes

Paper (including cardboard and newspapers)

Plastic

Other waste

Proportion of total waste recycled

(Percentage)

2005-06

316.3

0.6

54.3

88

2006-07

300.0

1.5

55.1

89

2007-08

280.2

1.8

56.7

88

These figures represent waste removed from the Department’s London administrative estate. They differ from those shown in the annual Sustainable Development in Development (SDiG) report, published by the sustainable development commission, which also includes waste removed from the Department’s Executive agencies. The buildings included are as follows:

2005-06: Skipton House, Wellington House, Richmond House, Eileen House (closed July 2005), Hannibal House (closed September 2005).

2006-07 and 2007-08: Skipton House, Wellington House, Richmond House, New Kingsbeam House (paper only; other waste is collected by the landlord’s contractor).

Waste from Quarry House in Leeds is collected by the Department for Work and Pensions contractor.