Parliamentary Estate: Recycling

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 21st May 2018.

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Photo of Jamie Stone Jamie Stone Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Armed Forces)

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of disposable (a) cups, (b) food containers and (c) cutlery used on the parliamentary estate is recycled.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

We do not receive a comprehensive breakdown of the totals of these wastes within either our mixed recycling or general waste streams.

Plastic cups can be collected as part of the dry mixed recycling scheme, enabling them to be recycled.

Food containers and cutlery are at present collected as part of our general waste stream due to potential contamination from food and liquids. Instructions for our general waste bins in Parliament are that the only items deposited in this waste steam are non-recyclables and contaminated waste.

Within the single-use avoidable plastics strategy announced on 15 May 2018, the House Authorities committed to replacing the existing catering disposables range, which is predominantly non-recyclable, for a compostable alternative. This will enable the entire range of disposable items provided by the House to be recycled.

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