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Departmental Recycling

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) paper, (b) plastic and (c) other waste has been produced by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much of that waste was recycled. (253293)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) was created on 28 June 2007.

The Department and its predecessors can only provide an aggregate total for waste produced and recycled which includes cardboard, metal cans, glass, fluorescent tubes, batteries and toners. It does not hold separate information on the itemised waste products requested. The aggregate total also includes waste from other occupiers in the Departments’ buildings which is not separately accounted for. The breakdown of aggregate waste produced and recycled for each of the last three years is as follows:

All weights are shown in tonnes

Recycled

Overall total

Weight

Percentage

2006/07

810.457

371.123

45.8

2007/08

1447.793

1127.599

77.9

2008/09 (to December 2008)

603.327

367.621

60.9