To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) domestic refuse, (b) commercial refuse and (c) industrial refuse was recycled in (i) Leicester and (ii) England in the last year for which figures are available.
Results from the Defra Municipal Waste Management Survey 2002–03 show Leicester with a household recycling rate of 11.5 per cent. The household recycling rate for England over the same period was 14.5 per cent.
The latest results available for industrial and commercial waste, reused or recycled are from the Environment Agency, National Waste Production Survey, 1998–99. Results for England show a commercial recycling rate of 24.2 per cent. and an industrial recycling rate of 42.2 per cent. The corresponding recycling rates for Leicester are not available.