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Waste Management: Nappies

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether the target of diverting 35,000 tonnes of waste from landfill by April 2006 through the Waste and Resources Action Programme Real Nappy Programme was reached; and what plans they have to set additional targets on domestic waste reduction. [HL6955]

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) reports annually on its overall progress in meeting targets, including work under the Real Nappy Programme. It is scheduled to report on its achievements for the business plan period up to 2006 shortly.

At the outset of the programme, 91 per cent of expectant parents said they intended to use disposable nappies. Work done for the Environment Agency suggested the figure may be higher, at 94 per cent. WRAP intends to survey parents again at the end of the programme to establish the actual change in behaviour. An estimate of the diversion will be made and published by WRAP when the survey is complete, taking account of other quantitative evidence.

The revised waste strategy for England, due to be published later this year, will identify what further steps need to be taken to tackle domestic waste, including whether any additional targets need to be set.