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Departmental Waste

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the amount of waste arising from her Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. (281037)

The following table gives details of waste arisings from offices in total, and per member of staff.

Waste arisings (metric tonnes)

Staffing

Waste per head (metric tonnes)

2006-07

22,365

120,277

0.186

2007-08

21,133

110,490

0.191

As there is no requirement within the targets for Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate to report waste arisings per full-time equivalent member of staff, we have used for consistency the same staffing figures as used to calculate the water reduction targets. These include an agreed allowance for on-site contractors/visitors.