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Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has undertaken into smells and odours from household waste. (294856)

The Waste and Resources Action Programme and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Scoping Study of Potential Health Effects of Fortnightly Residual Waste Collection and Related Changes to Domestic Waste Systems report, published in July 2009, provides a review of the current knowledge on householder as well as occupational impacts of smell and odours associated with the collection of household wastes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to prohibit the disposal of domestic food waste in landfill. (294857)

The Government are currently assessing the case for introducing further restrictions on sending biodegradable waste, including food waste, to landfill. This assessment will be informed by two pieces of research on landfill bans, one ongoing and one recently published. A full public consultation will take place in the next few months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has issued on the disposal of waste receptacle and recycling boxes at the end of their life. (294868)

Neither DEFRA nor the Waste and Resources Action Programme has issued any guidance on the disposal of waste receptacle and recycling boxes at the end of their life.