§ Mr. Michael Spicer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what amounts of industrial and household waste were imported during the last 12 months for which information is available; and what quantities of this waste were buried or processed in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Atkins
The only data available are for hazardous wastes covered by the Transfrontier Shipment of Hazardous Waste Regulations 1988. In the 12 months ending April 1993, the United Kingdom imported 46,948 tonnes of hazardous waste, 98 per cent. of which was imported into England and Wales.
None of the imported waste was landfilled without treatment. Twenty-four thousand one hundred and eighteen tonnes received some form of treatment to reduce the hazard before landfilling, 19,168 tonnes were incinerated and a further 3,662 received some other form of treatment of which 3,474 tonnes were recovered or reprocessed.