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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual emission was of (a) NOx, (b) SOx, (c) particulates and (d) CO2 at (i) London Gatwick Airport and (ii) London Stansted Airport in the last year for which figures are available. [100399]

Alun Michael: The following table shows estimated emissions of Nox, Sox, particulates (PM10), and CO2 for Gatwick and Stansted Airports in 2000 (the latest year for which figures are available).

Gatwick (tonnes)Stansted (tonnes)
NOx (as nitrogen dioxide)3,670867
SOx (as sulphur dioxide) 13761
CO2 (carbon dioxide)422,489184,932
Particles (as PM10)4116

Source:National Environment Technology Centre. These cover emissions from aircraft and airside vehicles within the perimeter of the airport. These cover emissions from aircraft and airside vehicles within the perimeter of the airport. Emissions are calculated from aircraft movement data for the airports in 2000. Aircraft emissions during complete take off and landing cycle up to 1,000m are allocated to the airport. Consequently a proportion of the emissions are emitted at some height and horizontal distance from the boundaries of the airport.


Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when proposed new recycling plants related to the recycling of refrigerators will come online; and what their capacity will be, broken down by region. [99229]

Mr. Meacher: 10 fixed plants have already come online in Oldham, Willesden, Wallasey, Knighton, Bromsfield, Bradford, St Helens, Cradley Heath, Newport and Billingham. Each has a capacity of around 300k units per year. Plans are advanced for a further six plants in Chesterfield, Hertford, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Birmingham and Kettering. One mobile plant, with a capacity of around 150k units per year, has been licensed to operate in Lewes, South Wales and Swindon.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many refrigerators and freezers are being stored by each local authority pending disposal or recycling. [99230]

Mr. Meacher: There are no figures on the numbers of refrigerators and freezers being stored by local authority area. Most local authorities have already let contracts with fridge treatment companies so their backlog will have been removed. To monitor the disposal of refrigerators, we have asked local authorities to report on the number of fridges they have dealt with as part of the national waste monitoring questionnaire.


Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tyres were (a) purchased, (b) reused and (c) disposed of by (i) landfill, (ii) incineration, (iii) illegal fly tipping and (iv) other means in each year since 1992. [99271]

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Mr. Meacher: The Used Tyre Working Group, which comprises representatives from the tyre industry and officials from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Environment Agency, has compiled statistics on

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used tyres since 1995. The statistics, which are based on information supplied to the UTWG on a voluntary basis, are indicative in nature since the quality of the source data varies.

Replacement tyre sales Tyres on new vehicles Total
Units (m)Tonnes (000s)Units (m)Tonnes (000s)Units (m)Tonnes (000s)

(1) From 1999 onwards, the method of calculating replacement tyre sales tonnage from unit information changed to better reflect the spread of commercial vehicle tyre sizes and weights.

Tonnes (000s)(2)

Reused(3) 728793110929994
Energy recovery(4)8010211784705440
Total recovery317346354328311283290
Other (inc. landfill)(5)166138136139123167191
Used tyre arisings(6) 483484490468427450481

(2) Units not separately identified, since recovery generally reported in tonnage terms.

(3) Category includes part-worn tyres, tyres used for silage clamps and landfill engineering purposes and exports of used tyres.

(4) Includes the former Elm Energy/Sita Tyre Recycling tyres to energy plant which closed in 2000.

(5) The figure for landfill, as reported in the table, is effectively the balance between used tyre arisings and used tyre recovery. As well as covering the disposal of both whole and shredded tyres to landfill, it also includes those tyres which are disposed of to landfill as automotive shredder residue.

(6) From 1999, total used tyre arisings have been based on the number of replacement tyre sales, numbers of vehicles scrapped and imports of used tyres as well as a proportion of tyres re-entering the waste stream after temporary re-use.

The level of tyre fly-tipping is not separately identified. However, the Environment Agency responded to over 1,300 incidents involving tyres in 2002. The actual total is likely to be substantially higher since many incidents are reported directly to local authorities and do not feature in Environment Agency statistics.

Government, through the Department of Trade and Industry, are shortly to issue a follow-up paper to its 2002 consultation on a possible statutory producer responsibility mechanism for used tyres. This follow-up paper invites views on the introduction of statutory reporting requirements through both the new tyre supply and used tyre disposal chains with the aim of improving the information base, promoting responsible tyre recovery and disposal practices while at the same time making it increasingly difficult for those fly-tipping tyres. The paper will also seek views on the introduction of a single point for the reporting of tyre fly-tipping incidents.

Waste Disposal

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total volume of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) other waste was in each region in each year since 2000 and projected to 2005, broken down by the proportion of waste (i) sent to landfill, (ii) incinerated and (iii) disposed of by other means. [99234]

Mr. Meacher: The available information is shown in the tables below. The latest available data for municipal waste are from the 2000/01 Municipal Waste Management Survey, by Defra and the National Assembly for Wales. In 2000–01 some 89 per cent of all municipal waste was domestic (household) waste. The latest available data for commercial and industrial waste are taken from the Environment Agency's National Waste Production Survey for 1999. Projections are not available.

Municipal waste 2000–01

Government RegionMunicipal waste (000 tonnes)Landfill disposal (percentage)Incineration (percentage)Other methods (percentage)
East Midlands2,29078715
East of England2,91882216
North East1,45275196
South East4,34481019
West Midlands2,895583110
Yorkshire and the Humber2,95985312

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Commercial waste 2000–01

Government RegionCommercial waste (000 tonnes)Landfill disposal (percentage)Incineration (percentage)Other methods (percentage)
East Midlands1,78749546
East of England2,48763136
North East99645847
South East4,04356143
West Midlands2,34045946
Yorkshire & the Humber2,23148349

Industrial Waste 1999

Government RegionIndustrial waste (000 tonnes)Landfill disposal (percentage)Incineration (percentage)Other methods (percentage)
East Midlands5,91949249
East of England3,65246252
North East3,76146251
South East4,95846153
West Midlands5,21941455
Yorkshire and the Humber9,46537162


1. Percentages for tables may not add due to founding.

2. 'Other Methods' for municipal waste will include recycled and composted waste and waste sent for refuse derived fuel.

3. 'Other Methods' for commercial and industrial waste will include land recovery, re-used and recycled and a proportion of waste sent for treatment or transfer station.

4. Industrial waste excludes construction and demolition, agriculture, mining and quarrying.

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