Holding answer received on 20 April 2017
Figures are shown below:
Total waste each year (by weight kgs)
Waste recycled each year by weight in kgs
Food waste (kgs) *Figure for 2012 is from April which
is when the House started diverting food waste from
the general waste stream
Mixed Recycling (kgs)
Confidential waste and bulk collections of
Vote Office paper (kgs)
In January 2012, our waste contractor introduced a mixed waste recycling scheme; hence the statistics for individual recyclables were aggregated into a single waste stream. In addition to the waste streams detailed above Parliament also recycles its WEEE waste including consumables, metal, cooking oil, lamps and fittings.
Whereas the previous system of disposal meant such wastes were segregated on-site where feasible, the new scheme involves segregation at the end of the process at a local Materials Recovery Facility.
This mixed recycling process achieves better recycling results than local segregation due to the efficiency of the separation process at the Materials Recovery Facility.
We do not receive separate figures for batteries.
Parliament continues to explore new opportunities to recycle and recover waste in collaboration with its waste service providers. Parliament commenced a new waste contract in November 2016 and the specification for the services included a written requirement for a continual improvement approach to collaborative waste recycling improvement. It is the contractual duty of the waste service provider to give advance notice of changes in best practice and waste recycling technology and to incorporate these into their service provision in the most expedient and effective way possible.