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Departmental Waste

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount of waste arising from his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. (281033)

Data on the Department’s waste arisings for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08 are provided in the following table.

Total waste arisings (tonnes)

Per FTE1 (tonnes/person)







1 2006-07 = 300,070)

2007-08 = 277,660

The increase in reported waste arising between 2006-07 and 2007-08 is due to an improvement in the coverage of the reporting of waste arisings across the Department’s activities and an improvement in the quality of waste data. Many of our waste streams are not driven by the number of people we employ e.g. equipment waste, and therefore comparisons on a per capita basis may not be helpful.