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Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much material collected by local authorities for recycling is being stored owing to the present market conditions. [HL697]

Defra does not hold the specific information requested. The best available information indicates that markets for recycled materials have stabilised though at lower prices than formerly. Most materials are continuing to flow, but there is additional storage of some types of steel and paper. Recycling continues to be an economically viable and environmentally beneficial part of the UK's waste strategy, and householders should continue to put out waste for recycling in order to help the environment.