To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the environmental benefits of recycling.
Recycling has three direct benefits for the environment. By drawing recycled materials back into the production process fewer raw materials have to be extracted to produce the same amount of new products. This helps conserve natural resources and reduces the damage to the environment from resource extraction, for example mining or quarrying.
It generally takes less energy to re-process recycled materials than generate new products from raw materials.
Recycling also reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, which is environmentally harmful.
Recycling, which requires greater awareness of and direct involvement in waste issues by the public, will have the indirect benefit of encouraging greater public involvement and responsibility for their environment.
The Government have commissioned a comparative study of the health and environmental effects of different types of waste treatment, which is to be published shortly.