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Waste Management

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) aluminium and (e) steel waste was collected in London in 2004, broken down by borough; and how much of each material was recycled in 2004, broken down by borough. [10787]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information on the amounts of material collected in the financial year 2003–04 is set out in the table. It is impossible to disaggregate aluminium
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and steel cans, so a figure for all cans is provided. It is also impossible to separate scrap metal from white goods (fridges, cookers etc).

An increasing amount of waste for recycling is collected as co-mingled materials where the weight of the individual materials is not known. Most co-mingled collections include paper, and many include paper, glass and cans. The individual figures for these materials, therefore, do not include tonnage of individual materials collected as co-mingled which is listed separately.

Defra does not measure the amount of waste actually recycled but the amount collected and sent for recycling by the local authorities, a small proportion of which is unfit for recycling and has to be disposed of.

Local authority namePaper
and card
(steel and aluminium)
Scrap metal and white goodsCo-mingled materials
Bexley LB11,634972,1311322,2280
Tower Hamlets LB1,98501,055817370
London Corporation LB3290911180
Westminster City Council LB4,98504,791313612,057
Redbridge LB5,96701,11061121690
Newham LB1,4470707490645
Havering LB94701,54862174,501
Barking and Dagenham LB5750397002,473
East London Waste Authority(19)39228486,2030
Waltham Forest LB4,46301,8931159060
Islington LB3,48502,0038600
Haringey LB3,60501,7941011,3210
Hackney LB5100388144613,340
Enfield LB8,0683291,904852050
Camden LB7,785244,000822,4570
Barnet LB12,220343,1393001,5960
North London Waste Authority(19)000000
Southwark LB4,14001,467571,0550
Lewisham LB6,80111,7094619330
Greenwich LB1,074094503348,034
Sutton LB1,27002,41001,24310,255
Merton LB5,84901,7311578674
Kingston upon Thames LB5,0937891,250102,8670
Croydon LB6,77703,8741203,3190
Bromley LB16,7373234,8477442,221954
Richmond upon Thames LB8,71304,2501861,2670
Hounslow LB7,24402,9643612,0050
Hillingdon LB2,121161,61974,7159,974
Harrow LB5,97201,8186241,0280
Ealing LB8,1091563,7104169910
Brent LB5,89582,270163150
West London Waste Authority(19)00003,4910
Wandsworth LB1,118059027013,511
Lambeth LB5,38603,8143531220
Kensington and Chelsea LB1,827341481528,172
Hammersmith and Fulham LB1,7710860271805,495
Western Riverside Waste Authority(19)637111611,0300
All London Boroughs164,9301,78367,6924,30243,63770,806

(19)Data from Defra's latest Municipal Waste Management Survey covering the amounts of material collected at Civic Amenity sites managed by the four joint waste disposal authorities in London.

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Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) waste minimisation and (b) recycling targets the Government have set for local authorities for each year to 2015. [14477]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Government set targets for England and Wales in Waste Strategy 2000 for the recycling and composting of household waste by 25 per cent. by 2005, 30 per cent. by 2010 and 33 per cent. by 2015.

Each local authority in England was set an individual statutory performance standard for the recycling and composting of household waste for the financial years 2003–04 and 2005–06. For the future, the Government are currently undertaking a review of recycling and composting targets in the light of local authorities' performance against their 2003–04 targets.

No targets have been set for waste minimisation. The review will also consider whether it is appropriate to introduce waste minimisation targets.

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department has in place (a) to reduce energy consumption, (b) to minimise waste and (c) to recycle waste; and whether these measures have been adopted by other central Government Departments and agencies. [14478]

Mr. Morley: The following energy and waste management measures are in place within Defra.

(a) We are working with the Carbon Trust on a Carbon Management Programme, which will identify the scope for significant savings in energy consumption and related carbon emissions. Energy consumption at all sites is continually monitored against benchmarks to drive down consumption and facilitate appropriate reaction to increases.

(b) Waste minimisation measures include raising awareness of the amount of waste generated (by waste stream) at individual sites to encourage local action for progressive reduction. Particular efforts are made to reduce paper waste by setting targets and campaigning for more efficient use of paper. Discussions also take place with suppliers to reduce packaging waste. By identifying the potential for re-using goods we divert them from the waste chain.
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(c) All Defra sites have facilities for separating waste streams for recycling.

Within Defra we are increasingly managing these issues at local level through site specific Environmental Management Systems, accredited to ISO 14001.

Similar measures have been adopted in other Government Departments and agencies. The Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate is the main vehicle for systematically assessing, reporting and improving Government performance in managing their own land and buildings sustainably. It sets cross-Government targets in all key operational areas including energy, waste and water. The Government are committed to reviewing the framework during 2005.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities charge for the separate collection of green waste. [14222]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested for England is not held centrally. Waste is a devolved function and the hon. Member may wish to write to the devolved Administrations.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of green waste collection and composting schemes on the levels of recycling of municipal waste; and how much municipal waste other than green waste was recycled in the last period for which figures are available. [14991]

Mr. Bradshaw: Figures are available for the amount of green waste collected for composting from households in England since 1996–97. Household waste constitutes about 90 per cent. of all municipal waste, and the vast majority of non-household municipal waste collected for recycling is rubble from construction and industry.

The amount of waste collected for recycling from households has increased from 1.6 million tonnes in
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1996–97 to 4.5 million tonnes in 2003–04. However, the amount of green waste collected for composting has increased from 0.3 million tonnes in 1996–97 to
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1.4 million tonnes in 2003–04. In 2003–04 about 30 per cent. of household waste collected for recycling was green waste compared to only 17 per cent. in 1996–97.
Household waste collected for recycling
Thousand tonnes

Green Waste2783834546687989781,1891,360
Other Materials1,3411,4861,6401,8451,9802,2102,5543,156
All Materials1,6191,8692,0942,5132,7773,1883,7434,516

DEFRA will be publishing recycling data for 2003–04 as part of the Municipal Waste Management Survey to be launched on 1 August. The results of the survey will include information on the materials collected.

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