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Parliamentary Estate: Recycling

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 5th March 2015.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 9:30 am, 5th March 2015

What proportion of waste on the parliamentary estate was recycled in (a) 2010 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

The percentage of all waste arising from the parliamentary estate that was recycled or recovered in 2010 was 52.1%. In 2014, it was 62.8%. This shows a fairly considerable improvement; however, we are a little below what we need to be to make sure we are on track for our 2020 target.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

Which recyclable waste streams are in practice the least recycled, and what are the plans to improve that in the next Parliament?

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

My hon. Friend asks me a question to which I do not have an accurate answer—or, rather, to which I do not have an answer. I am sure that an accurate answer exists, but I just do not have it. I should make that distinction quite clear. However, what we do is operate to the waste hierarchy, of which I am sure he is aware. First, we try to ensure that the waste does not happen. When it does happen, we seek to recycle it in the most effective way possible. We only dispose of it if it is absolutely necessary.