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Textiles: Waste Disposal

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 24 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill. (318518)

The Government consider that landfill should be the last resort for most types of waste. We are assessing the case for restricting a number of biodegradable and recyclable wastes, including textiles, from landfill.

DEFRA and the devolved Administrations have commissioned further research on the options for landfill bans or restrictions in the UK, including the costs, benefits and practical implications. We will publish a consultation on these options in the coming weeks.