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Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) public health and (b) environmental effects of fortnightly waste collections; and if he will make a statement. (257065)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: In order to help local authorities make informed decisions on waste management, DEFRA funded an independent research study (carried out by Enviros Consulting and Cranfield University) which looked into the environmental and health impacts of waste management, looking in particular at municipal solid waste. The report was published in 2004 and is available on the DEFRA website at this address:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/research/health/