Waste Management

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of likely levels of growth in the waste sector in the next 12 months.

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

Britain's waste and recycling sector was valued at over £12 billion in 2010-11, employing between 104,000-150,000 people. For 2012-13, short-term growth figures are forecast as waste management growth in sales of 3.0% and recovery and recycling of 3.9%. Growth figures for 2013/14 for these two sectors are forecast as 3.1% and 4.0% respectively.

The 2011 Review of Waste Policy in England sets us on the path towards a zero-waste economy where materials are valued and nothing of value is discarded. It will support the sector's transition from focusing on disposal to landfill to greater reuse, recycling and recovery of waste material.

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