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Waste Disposal

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of sanitary products have been disposed of by (a) landfill, (b) incineration and (c) other means in the last year for which figures are available; (286433)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of disposable nappies have been disposed of by (a) landfill, (b) incineration and (c) other means in the last year for which figures are available.

[holding answer 13 July 2009]: Data on individual waste streams such as nappies or sanitary products are not routinely collected. However, a report of an updated life cycle study on disposable and reusable nappies prepared for DEFRA by consultants ERM and published in 2008 contained an assumption that 86 per cent. of disposable nappies were landfilled in 2005-06, with the remainder going to energy from waste installations.