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NHS: Recycling

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What targets they have set for paper recycling in the National Health Service.[HL7967]

The Department of Health has not set any targets for paper recycling in the National Health Service in England.

The department collects data from the NHS on estates and facilities-related matters, including recycling, but the figures cover all types of recoverable and recycled waste and are not specific to paper.

The Department of Health publication, Sustainable Development: Environmental Strategy for the NHS, advocates that NHS bodies produce locally based strategies and plans of action against a number of environmental aspects, including waste. This adopts a holistic waste management regime based on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Waste not, want not report and waste strategy recommendations. This waste management procedure aims to prevent waste occurring in the first instance. Then it advocates a waste hierarchy approach, which addresses the issues of recovery, reuse and recycling.