Departmental Waste

International Development written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what volume of waste his Department and its predecessors generated in each of the last three years; what percentage of this was (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) metal, (e) electrical goods and batteries and (f) food waste; and what percentage of his Department's waste was (i) disposed of securely, (ii) disposed of in landfill and (iii) recycled.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development's (DFID's) reported waste from its UK operations was as follows:

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Total Waste (tonnes) 329 264 227
of which:
Paper 70 71 70
Plastic 1 1 1
Glass 5 4 4
Metal 1 1 1
Electrical goods and batteries 1 1 1
Food Waste (1)- (1)- (1)-
Means of Disposal
Secure disposal(2) 0 0 0
Landfill 19 19 24
Recycled 81 81 76
(1) Not separately recorded

(2) All classified/confidential waste is shredded on site and therefore forms part of our recycled paper waste

DFID reports performance on waste as part of the Sustainable Development in Government process. DFID currently meets the two government targets on waste, namely to achieve a reduction of 5 per cent. relative to 2004/05 (DFID performance: 37.5 per cent. reduction) and to achieve at least 40 per cent. recycling by 2010-11 (DFID latest performance: 76 per cent.).

The latest assessment of government performance was published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) on 19 December 2009 and is available on the OGC website at

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