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Waste Disposal: Offices

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance or advice the Waste and Resources Action Programme has produced on recycling and reducing residual waste in office environments. [222859]

Hilary Benn: The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has produced two relevant sets of guidance, both of which are freely available on its website.

WRAP’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Recycling Programme was set up in 2004 to investigate a range of factors to improve and increase the level of recycling by SMEs. The programme was delivered through a range of feasibility and demonstration trials which developed appropriate recycling services, charging mechanisms, sales and marketing approaches and advice on staff involvement in recycling. The overall aim was to make recycling at work easy, convenient and cost effective. The trials were successful, and have resulted in a number of new and expanded recycling services across
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England and Scotland. The results have been used to develop Good Practice Guidance.

WRAP’s Paper Advocacy Team was set up in 2005 to promote the benefits of using recycled paper to businesses. As well as providing direct advice to individual businesses, the team developed guidance documents, information sheets and case studies to provide more generic advice.

WRAP’s website also includes a Recycle at Work section, which includes a searchable database of recycling service providers for small businesses, a step-by-step guide to how to start recycling at work, including in offices, and some case studies.

Waste Disposal: Recycling

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of waste sent for recycling which is landfill in the most recent period for which figures are available. [222443]

Hilary Benn: Based on England local authority responses to WasteDataFlow covering the period October to December 2007, the tonnage of municipal waste collected for recycling, but rejected at the point of collection, during sorting or at the gate of the reprocessor and sent to landfill was 21,000 tonnes. This represents 1 per cent. of municipal waste collected for recycling in that period.

Waste Management

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he issues on the minimum amount of waste produced within a local authority area which the local authority is required to deal with. [222719]

Hilary Benn: Section 75 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA) sets out, among other things, the sources of household waste. Subsection 75(8) empowers the Secretary of State to make regulations further refining this list. These regulations were made in 1992 and are known as the Controlled Waste Regulations (CWR).

Section 45(1) of the EPA places a duty on all waste collection authorities to make arrangements for the collection of all household waste arising in the area they are responsible for.

In the case of household waste from premises covered by schedule 2 of the CWR, this duty begins when the authority is asked to collect the waste by the person holding it. Sources of household waste covered by schedule 2 of the CWR includes, but is not limited to, waste from institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons.

No guidance specific to the quantities of household waste arising in an area that an authority must deal with has been issued by DEFRA or any of its predecessors, as authorities have no choice over how much household waste they must collect. The Department did issue general guidance on both the EPA and the CWR when those statutory instruments came into force in the early 1990s.

Waste Management: Consultants

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which
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organisations were consulted in the course of his Department's research project, “Balances and Energy Impacts of the Management of UK Wastes”, published in December 2006; and what criteria were used to select these organisations for consultation. [222439]

Hilary Benn: An inception workshop was convened early in the project working programme, involving senior representatives from a range of organisations with expertise and knowledge in strategic waste management planning and life cycle assessment. Invitations were sent out to 42 organisations and 25 delegates met on 14 December 2005 in Birmingham. The following organisations attended the workshop: Biffa, Cory Environmental, Yorwaste, Shanks (all nominated through the Environmental Services Association), Associated British Foods, Asda, NHS, MOD, British Glass, Kraft, BAA, WRAP, DEFRA, EA, SEPA, Westminster Council, SEEDA, ERM, Golder Associates, Future Foundation, Brook Lyndhurst.

Waste Management: Domestic Wastes

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 467W, on waste management: domestic wastes, if he will publish an updated table of the local authorities which operate residual household waste collections with a frequency of less than once a week, including those operating or planning to operate pilot schemes with that frequency. [222771]

Hilary Benn: The following table represents our best understanding of local authorities operating residual household waste collections with a frequency of less than once a week, including pilot schemes. However, due to the often rapid changes in this area, it is unlikely to be completely up to date.


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Local authorities operating alternate weekly collections (fortnightly refuse collections)
jpp number Local authority Action

19

Alnwick District Council

104

Amber Valley

139

Ashfield District Council

283

Aylesbury Vale District Council

Very small pilot scheme

233

Babergh District Council

90

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

138

Bassetlaw District Council

18

Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council

65

Blackpool Borough Council

17

Blyth Valley Borough Council

122

Boston Borough Council

277

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

205

Braintree District Council

225

Breckland District Council

156

Bridgnorth District Council

350

Bristol City Council

224

Broadland District Council

149

Bromsgrove District Council

137

Broxtowe Borough Council

64

Burnley Borough Council

191

Cambridge City Council

166

Cannock Chase District Council

319

Canterbury City Council

38

Carlisle City Council

16

Castle Morpeth Borough Council

113

Charnwood Borough Council

326

Cherwell District Council

102

Chesterfield Borough Council

344

Chichester District Council

282

Chiltern District Council

Phases 1 and 2 introduced—not district-wide

63

Chorley Borough Council

37

Copeland Borough Council

130

Corby Borough Council

31

Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council

216

Dacorum Borough Council

129

Daventry District Council

96

Derby City Council

11

Derwentside District Council

89

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

303

East Hampshire District Council

121

East Lindsey District Council

302

Eastleigh Borough Council

30

Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council

200

Epping Borough Council

AWC during winter only

100

Erewash Borough Council

366

Exeter City Council

50 per cent. coverage

301

Fareham Borough Council

189

Fenland District Council

232

Forest Heath District Council

62

Fylde Borough Council

136

Gedling Borough Council

AWC during winter only

300

Gosport Borough Council

223

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

1800 hh trial (proposing to roll out borough wide from October 2009)

84

Hambleton District Council

112

Harborough District Council

299

Hart District Council

4

Hartlepool Borough Council

289

Hastings Borough Council

69 per cent. coverage

298

Havant Borough Council

214

Hertsmere Borough Council

111

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

99

High Peak Borough Council

188

Huntingdonshire District Council

61

Hyndburn Borough Council

231

Ipswich Borough Council

397

Kennet District Council

127

Kettering Borough Council

92

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

Introduced from August 2007 over three years

60

Lancaster City Council

164

Lichfield District Council

120

Lincoln City Council

Propose to switch to AWC during winter only from 2008

London Borough of Bexley

Introduced spring 2008

263

London Borough of Harrow

28

Macclesfield Borough Council

135

Mansfield District Council

110

Melton Borough Council

390

Mendip District Council

183

Mid Bedfordshire District Council

365

Mid Devon District Council

230

Mid Suffolk District Council

341

Mid Sussex District Council

335

Mole Valley District Council

134

Newark and Sherwood District Council

364

North Devon District Council

98

North East Derbyshire District Council

213

North Hertfordshire District Council

119

North Kesteven District Council

77

North Lincolnshire Council

221

North Norfolk District Council

155

North Shropshire District Council

109

North West Leicestershire District Council

126

Northampton Borough Council

133

Nottingham City Council

48

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Being rolled out in phases

154

Oswestry Borough Council

325

Oxford City Council

59

Pendle Borough Council

187

Peterborough City Council

58

Preston Borough Council

373

Purbeck District Council

275

Reading Borough Council

2

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

145

Redditch Borough Council

82

Richmondshire District Council

47

Rochdale MBC

197

Rochford District Council

Introduced from April 2008

56

Rossendale Borough Council

287

Rother District Council

88

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Trial

132

Rushcliffe Borough Council

106

Rutland County Council

Started April 2008

81

Ryedale District Council

80

Scarborough Borough Council

70

Sefton MBC

First phase introduced—being rolled out during 2008

311

Shepway District Council

153

Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council

182

South Bedfordshire District Council

281

South Buckinghamshire District Council

4,400 household trial

186

South Cambridgeshire District Council

97

South Derbyshire District Council

392

South Gloucestershire Council

362

South Hams District Council

117

South Kesteven District Council

35

South Lakeland District Council

219

South Norfolk District Council

125

South Northamptonshire Council

55

South Ribble Borough Council

152

South Shropshire District Council

388

South Somerset District Council

162

South Staffordshire District Council

332

Spelthorne Borough Council

229

St. Edmundsbury Borough Council

Stafford Borough Council

Being introduced from February 2008

160

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

228

Suffolk Coastal

310

Swale Borough Council

393

Swindon Borough Council

159

Tamworth Borough Council

387

Taunton Deane Borough Council

361

Teignbridge District Council

151

Telford and Wrekin Borough Council

295

Test Valley Borough Council

308

Tonbridge and Mailing Borough Council

360

Torbay Council

307

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

15

Tynedale District Council

195

Uttlesford District Council

27

Vale Royal Borough Council

14

Wansbeck District Council

168

Warwick District Council

Introduced from April 2008

227

Waveney District Council

329

Waverley Borough Council

286

Wealden District Council

124

Wellingborough Borough Council

54

West Lancashire District Council

394

West Wiltshire District Council

371

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

294

Winchester City Council

68

Wirral MBC

328

Woking Borough Council

143

Worcester City Council

280

Wycombe District Council

53

Wyre Borough Council

141

Wyre Forest District Council

78

York City Council


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