House of Commons: Waste:Written question - 70645

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Asked on: 13 April 2017
House of Commons Commission
House of Commons: Waste
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To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the total amount of waste generated across the Parliamentary estate was in each of the last five years; and how much of that waste was recycled as (a) paper and cardboard, (b) glass, (c) plastic bottles, (d) cans, (e) batteries and (f) food waste in each such year.
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Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 21 April 2017
Holding answer received on 20 April 2017

Figures are shown below:

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total waste each year (by weight kgs)

1,527,649

1,540,849

1,847,883

1,622,240

1,595,716

Waste recycled each year by weight in kgs

868,689

928,135

1,142,113

1,010,875

1,017,615

Food waste (kgs) *Figure for 2012 is from April which
is when the House started diverting food waste from
the general waste stream

67,230*

160,973

194,474

136,285

195,082

Mixed Recycling (kgs)

507,806

382,514

407,977

371,572

382,439

Glass (kgs)

171,255

234,620

361,311

192,681

249,855

Confidential waste and bulk collections of
Vote Office paper (kgs)

65,220

83,075

91,290

139,390

81,241


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.

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