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Recycling

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the recycling industry can contribute towards meeting Courtauld II recycling targets in local authority areas; and if he will make a statement. (323701)

Phase II of the Courtauld Commitment includes a new target for a 10 per cent. reduction in the carbon impact of grocery packaging: an estimated 1.1 million tonne CO2 equivalent emissions reduction through reducing the weight, increasing the recycling rates and increasing the recycled content of grocery packaging.

This new target is a key contribution to our aim of optimising packaging reductions, wider eco-design and increasing recycling, as set out in the Packaging Strategy. It will encourage companies to take up recycled contents in their packaging—another objective of the Packaging Strategy.

Separate from the Courtauld Commitment, DEFRA and the devolved Administrations have recently published a consultation document proposing higher producer responsibility targets for packaging, covering 2011-20. The consultation seeks views on the extent to which the recycling industry (among others) can help achieve local recycling targets. The consultation can be found at

www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/packaging-regs/index.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities did not meet their targets for recycling waste in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what percentage of waste was recycled in each such area in that period. (323703)

During the 2008-09 period, 21 local authorities did not meet their target for recycling household waste in line with National Indicator 192. The targets and percentages of waste actually recycled in each of these authorities are shown in the following table:

Percentage

Local authority

Target

Actual

Bradford City MDC

29

26.31

Bristol City Council

37.3

35.52

Bury MBC

28

26.87

Croydon LB

28

27.71

Greenwich LB

43.4

42.09

Hammersmith and Fulham LB

28

27.84

Haringey LB

28

22.13

Hillingdon LB

35.5

35.32

Hounslow LB

25

23.6

Manchester City Council MBC

24

20.28

Newham LB

20

15.4

Plymouth City Council

31

30.04

Slough

26

25.68

South Gloucestershire Council

43

39.84

South Tyneside MBC

28.5

27.62

St. Helens MBC

30

28.78

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

28.7

26.84

Sunderland City Council MBC

28

25.59

Tameside MBC

30

28.78

Waltham Forest LB

34

27.84

Westminster City Council LB

25

23.04