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Departmental Waste

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what volume of waste his Department and its predecessors generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) metal, (e) electrical goods and batteries and (f) food waste; and what percentage of that waste was (i) disposed of securely, (ii) disposed of in landfill and (iii) recycled. (311836)

This Department is required to report performance data on volumes of waste generated and its recycling rates annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process. All waste is disposed of securely in line with our waste duty of care and BIS does not send any materials in the categories listed to landfill. All waste is either recycled or sent to an energy from waste facility.

The latest assessment of government’s performance against this target was published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) on 18 December 2009, and is available on the OGC website:

Information on reporting years prior to 2008/09 was collated and published by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) can be found on the SDC website: