MEMORANDUM BY MERCURY RECYCLING LIMITED
I refer to the above, and write as the Chairman
of Mercury Recycling Limited, the only company in the UK that
wholly recycles Fluorescent Tubes and Sodium Lamps.
I enclose a "Memorandum"
on this particular area of waste. Whilst of course declaring an
interest as a commercial company Chairman, I am bound to say the
whole subject of hazardous mercury and sodium has been neglected
by central and local Government, as well as many public bodies.
For example, the UK has, on the best estimate of both the Government
and the Industry, some 80 million tubes a year. At the moment
we recycle some 3 million. That is to say some 77 million goes
to landfill, with all the potential hazards involved.
The Government are clearly concerned, indeed
Michael Meacher, the Minister for the Environment, officially
opened the plant, and his Department have signed a contract with
Biffa, a major waste company, that all Government lamps would
be recycled through MRL. They estimated that 1 million a year
are used. Last year we received 20,784 Government lamps from Biffa,
and this year to date 11625. Even the Department of the Environment
and the Environmental Agency lamps must be going to landfill.
I should be happy to expand on the above, if
the Sub-committee requires.
The Rt Hon The Lord Barnett PC
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