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Waste and Recycling (2017)

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  1. How many plastic soft drinks bottles were sold in the House of Commons, each year for the last five years – I don’t mind whether that is the last five financial years or calendars years. If known please break down by size e.g. 330ml, 500ml etc. If known please break down by one of two drinks types: water or other soft drinks. If known please specify the total value of the bottles bought by the House of Commons or a facilities contractor on its behalf.
  2. How many plastic water bottles were bought and provided for complementary use in the House of Commons, each year for the last five years – I don’t mind whether that is the last five financial years or calendars years, however you operate. If known please break down by size e.g. 330ml, 500ml etc. If known please break down by one of two drinks types: water or other soft drinks. If known please specify the total value of the bottles bought by the House of Commons or a facilities contractor on its behalf.
  3. How many plastic water bottles were provided in the committee rooms in the Palace of Westminster, each year for the past five years? If known please break down by size e.g. 330ml, 500ml etc. If known please break down by one of two drinks types: water or other soft drinks. If known please specify the total value of the bottles bought by the House of Commons or a facilities contractor on its behalf.
  4. Are there any recycling bins in the House of Commons, other than those that only facilities staff can access e.g. those in kitchens? If so, how many?

 

Response

  1. How many plastic soft drinks bottles were sold in the House of Commons, each year for the last five years – I don’t mind whether that is the last five financial years or calendars years. If known please break down by size e.g. 330ml, 500ml etc. If known please break down by one of two drinks types: water or other soft drinks. If known please specify the total value of the bottles bought by the House of Commons or a facilities contractor on its behalf.
    This information is held by the House of Commons.
    Details of the number of water and soft drinks in plastic bottles purchased from House of Commons catering outlets
  2. How many plastic water bottles were bought and provided for complementary use in the House of Commons, each year for the last five years – I don’t mind whether that is the last five financial years or calendars years, however you operate. If known please break down by size e.g. 330ml, 500ml etc. If known please break down by one of two drinks types: water or other soft drinks. If known please specify the total value of the bottles bought by the House of Commons or a facilities contractor on its behalf.
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. The Serjeant at Arms team orders a number of 18-litre water bottles for the water coolers for use in the Public Galleries. This information is held in financial years. However, we only hold records from the 2014-15 financial year, in accordance with the parliamentary record retention policy.
    Water coolers for use in Public Galleries
    Please note that the usage of this water will depend on the sitting of the House and numbers using the galleries. There has been an increase this year due to works taking place in the area, resulting in more staff using the water who were working in the vicinity of the water coolers.
    One water bottle relates to 18 litres per bottle at £3.52, and a water cooler rental cost of £38.00 per year.
  3. How many plastic water bottles were provided in the committee rooms in the Palace of Westminster, each year for the past five years? If known please break down by size e.g. 330ml, 500ml etc. If known please break down by one of two drinks types: water or other soft drinks. If known please specify the total value of the bottles bought by the House of Commons or a facilities contractor on its behalf.
    This information is not held by the House of Commons. No plastic bottles are provided specifically for use in the committee rooms.
  4. Are there any recycling bins in the House of Commons, other than those that only facilities staff can access e.g. those in kitchens? If so, how many?
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. There are recycling bins throughout the parliamentary estate but we do not hold a record of how many we have.
    However, the following information may be of interest to you.
    A mixed recycling scheme for offices began in 2015. This scheme allowed for office bins to be used for mixed dry recyclables (e.g. paper, plastic bottles, cans and juice cartons), separating them from food and non-recyclable wastes. Individuals in cellular offices are each allocated their own recycling bin with a shared pedal bin for general waste. Those staff in open plan offices have convenient access to ‘waste hubs’ at suitable locations on each floor. Each waste hub consists of a mixed recycling bin and a bin for the collection of general waste. These have been deployed, with numbers and locations adjusted over time to effectively respond to the requirements of different areas, with over 100 hubs now in place. New bins for mixed recycling were purchased for these waste hubs and additionally for restaurant areas to ensure that there was a consistency to how the waste is collected.
    Whereas the previous system meant recyclable wastes were segregated in separate bins on-site, the new scheme involves more effective segregation at a local Materials Recovery Facility where such waste as plastics are separated and recycled. Consequently, all recyclable plastics deposited into mixed recycling bins are recycled.
    Additionally, when the mixed recycling scheme was introduced, the goal of the scheme was to ensure that individuals in cellular offices would each be allocated their own recycling bin with a shared pedal bin for general waste. Where possible, existing office desk bins were utilised and re-labelled for ‘mixed recycling’. The number of these had not previously been established and therefore we are not able to confirm the total number of bins that were used in this way and now currently in operation.