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Departmental Recycling

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years. (300777)

The Ministry of Defence holds data on the percentage of total waste recycled but not specifically on the weight of paper recycled.

As part of reporting against the Sustainable Operation on the Government Estate targets, the MOD in 2008 agreed with the Office of Government Commerce a new waste baseline for MOD activities. In 2008-09 the Department recycled or reused 51 per cent. of its waste. Recycling and reuse figures prior to 2008-09, based on the best available data at the time and so not directly comparable, were: 34 per cent. for 2007-08; 37 per cent. for 2006-07; 38.5 per cent. for 2005-06, and 22.6 per cent. for 2004-05.