§ Mr. Mallon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was(a) the total amount of glass used and (b) the total amount of glass recycled in Northern Ireland in each of the years since 1980.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Records are not held centrally of the total amount of glass used in Northern Ireland. The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. At present 10 of the district councils in Northern Ireland operate bottle banks. It is estimated that the300W volume of glass collected for recycling would be in the region of 600 tonnes per annum. No glass is recycled in Northern Ireland.