Results 1–20 of 3291 for speaker:Therese Coffey

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Waste Disposal (19 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Government has committed in its 25 Year Environment Plan to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste, further details of which will be set in our upcoming Resources and Waste Strategy The Government is aware of the interest in biodegradable and compostable materials. While such materials may be seen as a solution to reduce the impact of waste, they can also be more environmentally...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Nature Conservation: Developing Countries (19 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: We cannot provide this as a percentage of Overseas Development Aid (ODA) spend, as ODA spend varies in line with the 0.7% commitment. However through Defra’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund around £18.5million has been allocated to 61 projects in developing countries. Defra Challenge Fund projects focused on training rangers are as follows: Combatting illegal wildlife trade...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: Recycling has been increasing since 2010. Over 70% of packaging has been recycled or recovered, which is ahead of the EU target of 60%, and the figure for plastic packaging, at 45%, is double the EU target. England’s household recycling rate has also continued to increase, but we need to do more. We will be publishing our resources and waste strategy shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: I know that is the subject of an inquiry that the hon. Lady’s Environmental Audit Committee is undertaking at the moment. The Government, with our partner the Waste and Resources Action Programme, have been working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on this issue, and I am sure she will recognise how it is being addressed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend has great experience of the packaging industry, so I know he speaks with authority. We are reforming the PRN system, but we also believe the deposit return scheme is an appropriate way to increase the amount of recycling and to reduce littering. That will, however, be subject to consultation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: Plastic waste exports happen because overseas processers recognise the value of how it can be used. I am conscious that plastic with a certain contamination level no longer goes to China. Other countries have taken it up, but of course we want more to be recycled here in the UK. The hon. Lady will see more in our resources and waste strategy, which will be published very soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: Disposal nappies have become a consumer convenience. I am very pleased that Procter & Gamble has invested in technology, which we see in Italy. We are encouraging it to bring it here, not only for disposable nappies but other forms of absorbent hygiene products. We can do something about this, but I am not convinced that we will be seeing an end to the disposable nappy any time soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: I am pleased to say that the Government have been working with a mixture of organisations, retailers and manufacturers to try to simplify the polymers that are being used. Technical innovations will need to happen, but I am confident that some good news will be coming out very shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: In addition to the Government’s ban on microbeads in rinse-off personal care products, and removing nearly 16 billion plastic bags from circulation with the 5p carrier charge, plastic pollution in our marine environment is a global challenge, which is why I was pleased that we had the blue charter at the Commonwealth summit this year, and that the UK and Vanuatu are to establish the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: At the Commonwealth summit, we highlighted more than £66 million that we will be spending to help Commonwealth countries in particular to tackle this issue, including by increasing the professionalism of waste management. The Global Plastic Action Partnership goes beyond that to cover the world. It is a public-private partnership. I am pleased to say that we have invested £2.5...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Pollution (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: It is suggested that about 80% of the plastic litter that goes into oceans around our country—it goes out of our rivers and into the sea—comes from land-based litter, so it is something on which we are focused with our litter strategy, and we will keep working on that. As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that there will be an environment Bill in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend is a great champion of the environment, especially in Cheltenham. He will be conscious that this is not a straightforward scheme to introduce. I recognise that many people will have seen such a scheme in other countries around the world, and while the front end is very simple, the back end is more challenging. We want a system that works across the four nations of the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: I should like to thank my hon. Friend, who was an excellent Parliamentary Private Secretary in our Department. She is now able to ask questions in the Chamber again. I have already met the WI to talk about this matter, and there are certain things that people can do, such as using fabric conditioner to reduce the amount of microfibres that get released from synthetic clothing. She will be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Nappies: Waste Disposal (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Government is aware of the Real Nappies for London scheme. We welcome initiatives which keep waste out of landfill but we have not carried out a specific assessment on the impact of Real Nappies for London on tonnages to landfill, or savings to local authorities. There is information about Real Nappies on the Waste and Resources Action Programme’s website and many local authorities...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: National Parks (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: There are currently 1,264,040 hectares of land designated as national parks in England, including the Broads.[1] [1] Data provided by National Parks England.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Abandoned Vehicles and Fly-tipping (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: Through the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group, the Government has published a series of fly-tipping prevention guides for householders, businesses and landowners affected by fly-tipping. We have also published the Fly-tipping Partnership Framework, which outlines best practice for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping to be adapted to suit local...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Nappies: Recycling (18 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Government has asked the Waste and Resources Action Programme to carry out an assessment of difficult to recycle materials including disposable nappies and this report will be published shortly. I have met Proctor and Gamble who have developed a technology to recycle nappies and understand they are in discussions with several local authorities to establish a facility in the UK. We want to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Common Land: Cumbria (17 Oct 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Department does not collect data on the number, location and planned removal date of temporary fences erected on common land in Cumbria; neither does it keep a map of temporary fences on commons. No discussions have taken place between the Department and its agencies on the mapping of temporary fencing erected in Cumbria. As part of its work with the Lake District National Park...


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