Recycling

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of recyclable material sent abroad for recycling in each of the last three years.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency (EA) estimates that 10million tonnes of green list (non-hazardous) waste such as uncontaminated waste paper or plastic is exported each year for recycling.

The quantity of notified (hazardous) waste exported in 2016 for recycling was 2.8m tonnes. In 2017 it was 4.2million tonnes and in 2018 it was 4.2million tonnes.

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