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Hazardous Substances: Waste Disposal

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many businesses in each region produced hazardous waste in each year since 1997. (286352)

This data from the Environment Agency shows the number of premises in each region producing hazardous waste in 2006 and 2007. Data for 2008 is not yet available.

Sites

Region

2007

2006

Unclassified1

4,346

5,135

East Midlands

27,611

27,014

East of England

38,383

39,207

London

35,827

37,312

North East

13,850

12,915

North West

36,759

36,047

South East

56,485

57,096

South West

33,137

33,209

Wales

17,229

16,271

West Midlands

29,741

30.226

Yorkshire and the Humber

29,752

27,791

Total

323,120

322,223

1 This information cannot be allocated to regions because of poor quality postcodes reported by operators in their quarterly returns.

These data are derived from the hazardous waste management system and database which was introduced in July 2005 to coincide with the introduction of the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005.

The Environment Agency is unable to provide information for the period 1997 to 2004. Information prior to this is held on an archived system which defined hazardous waste differently. Information is therefore not directly comparable with that held after 2005.