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Departmental Recycling

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of her Department's waste was recycled in the latest period for which figures are available. (289618)

Included within the targets for Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate is a requirement for Departments to achieve recycling rates of 40 per cent. by 2010 and 75 per cent. by 2020. The Department already surpasses the initial target and is well on track to achieve the longer term objective.

The following table shows the total measurable waste produced by the Department and the amount recycled for the year ended 31 March 2009 compared with the year ended 31 March 2008.

Total measurable waste

Year ended 31 March 2008

Year ended 31 March 2009

Total Measurable Waste Produced (metric tonnes)



Recycling (metric tonnes)



Recycling as percentage of Total Waste Produced