Departmental Wastes

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to reduce the volume of waste produced by it and sent to landfill in each of the last two years.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs can confirm that between 2005-06 and 2006-07 the Department's waste arisings decreased by 8 per cent.

DEFRA has taken steps to reduce its waste by ensuring that printers are automatically set to duplex and have the ability to print more than one page to a side. The Department has stopped providing printed copies of its weekly Office Notices, saving over two million sheets of paper, in its place the Office Notice is published electronically on the DEFRA intranet.

DEFRA has also increased recycling by 8 per cent. between 2005-06 and 2006-07 resulting in less waste being sent to landfill.

The increase in recycling can be attributed to staff awareness campaigns and improved site recycling facilities.

At this time the Sustainable Development Commission have yet to verify Government data for 2007-08. Therefore we are unable to provide this information.

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