Departmental Cleaning Services

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th April 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to require all cleaning contracts held with her Department to stipulate that the cleaning products used should be EU Ecolabel products accredited by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Our cleaning contractor sources cleaning chemicals which have been chosen with sustainability in mind. The products they use are also considered under the broader context of sustainability rather than simply whether it has an EU eco-label or not. The standard cleaning chemicals are all super concentrate products. These have a number of sustainability benefits including reduced packaging, carbon reduction in deliveries and production and precise dosing capability which minimises wastage and pollution.

Our cleaning contractor continues to consider the Government's minimum buying standards when specifying its cleaning products.

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