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Mr. Bradshaw: Approximately 350,000 to 400,000 tonnes of waste oil are collected in the UK annually. This represents about 80 per cent. of collectable oil and is one of the highest collection rates in Europe. All collected oil is recovered as a replacement fuel or is used as a reducing agent in the manufacture of steel.
The reuse of waste oil requires it to be regenerated into base lube oil in a re-refinery. This remains a possibility in the UK while oil prices remain high and operators are looking to establish re-refining plants here.
Mr. Bradshaw: Exact figures for the amount of packaging waste sent to landfill sites in the UK are not available. However, if one assumes that all packaging waste that is not recovered (either through recycling or Energy from Waste) goes to landfill, then the proportion of packaging waste that has been sent to landfill is provided in the table.
|Estimated amount of packaging waste sent to landfill in the UK|
|Packaging waste recovered (%)||(%)||Tonnage (mT)|
Please note that although the percentage of packaging waste recovered has increased year on year, the amount of packaging waste entering the waste stream has also increased, which is why the estimated tonnage of packaging waste going to landfill has not decreased in line with increases in recovery.
Data on the amount of packaging waste recovered and recycled had to be collected only after the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations came into force in 1997. Therefore, figures for the years preceding 1998 are unavailable.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) household waste and (b) all waste was recycled in each local authority area in South West England in each year between 1996-97 and 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. 
|Proportion of household waste recycled and composted per year|
|Local authority in South West England||2004-05( 1)||2003-04||2002-03||2001-02||2000-01||1999-2000||1998-99|
|(1) Results for 2004-05 are the current best value performance indicator percentages, BV 82a+b recycling and composting rate.|
1. Fully audited data on local authority household recycling and composting performance for 2005-6 should be available later this year. Data for 1996-97 and 1997-8 are unavailable.
2. Household waste currently constitutes approximately 86 per cent of waste collected by local authorities. There are no comparable results available for all waste recycled at local authority level.
Defra Municipal Waste Management Statistics.
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