HC Deb 04 March 1981 vol 1000 cc121-2W
28. Mr. Garel-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has to encourage the recycling of used bottles and the re-use of waste paper and cans.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Discussions are taking place with the interests concerned to encourage greater recycling of glass. I am pleased to note that the glass industry has set itself substantially increased targets for the next three years. I am in touch with local authorities and others in support of this.

The increased use of waste paper has been greatly facilitated by the paper and board industry scheme, which is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Industry, and under which £23 million has been made available to the industry. My right hon. Friend is also following up recent recommendation contained in the report of the committee on waste paper supply.

My right hon. Friend is also having discussions with the manufacturers of cans and other beverage containers to try to find ways to increase the recycling and re-use, which was covered by a working party report on beverage containers completed last year.