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Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the (a) monetary value and (b) quantity of waste food disposed of from his Department's premises in the last 12 months. (273435)

There is no methodology currently in place to assess the value of waste food disposed of from Treasury buildings.

For 2008-09, 21,040 kg of waste food was disposed of as part of the food waste recycling programme, introduced in March 2008. Through this, food waste is removed from the building and transported to a biogas plant where it is subjected to an anaerobic digestion process. In addition, the process produces fertilizer and electricity as by-products.