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Departmental Recycling

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste was produced by her Department in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such waste was recycled. (252697)

The quantity of paper, plastic and other waste, and the proportion recycled by Communities and Local Government in each of the last three years is shown in the following table:

Central Department

Executive Agencies

Tonnes of material

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Paper1

132

127

263

104

104

125

Plastic

7

8

8

0.1

0.1

0.2

Other Recycled Waste

185

128

153

279

266

375

Total Recycled Waste2

324

264

425

383

370

500

General Waste

203

197

200

338

310

178

Total Waste

527

461

624

721

680

679

Recycled rate (percentage)

61

57

68

53

54

74

1 The data for paper include cardboard as these materials are often mixed for recycling

2 These data include composted material and materials separated and sent for external reuse by other organisations

Note:

These figures do not include data from the Government Offices for the Regions