§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what quantities of waste have been exported annually from the United Kingdom since 1988 to non-OECD countries for(a) disposal and (b) recovery or recycling;
(2) if the Government intend to support a total ban on the export of all toxic waste to non-OECD countries at the forthcoming Basel convention meeting in March;
(3) if he will place in the Library the information supplied by the United Kingdom to the European Commission as its contribution to the review of waste exports for recovery, as requested at the Environment Council meeting in March 1993;
(4) which local and national authorities (a) were responsible for determining whether the United Kingdom waste exported to the Brazilian company Produquimica in 130W August 1993 was a controlled waste and (b) are now responsible for the management of the waste subsequently returned to the United Kingdom recently;
(5) what measures he has taken or intends to take to ensure that wastes exported to non-OECD countries for the purposes of recycling and recovery are handled in an environmentally sound manner.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 24 January 1994]: My Department has no record under the Transfrontier Shipment of Hazardous Waste Regulations 1988 of any exports since 1988 of hazardous waste to non-OECD countries for disposal. A total of 16,300 tonnes of hazardous red and amber list waste were exported to non-OECD countries for recovery or recycling in 1991. Information for 1992 is as follows. Information for earlier years has not been analysed and would be available only at disproportionate cost.
I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Evans) on 12 January at columns 200–201.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Smith) on 18 January, at column 567. I understand that no documentation was submitted to the competent authorities under the Transfrontier Shipment of Hazardous Waste Regulations 1988 prior to the export of this material by London Metals Ltd. to the Produquimica Co. in Brazil. Humberside county council is aware that the material is being transported to a storage facility in its area.
The following information was supplied to the European Commission:
United Kingdom exports of hazardous recoverable red and amber list waste to non-OECD countries 1992 Country Tonnes Thailand 2,371 South Africa 1,393 South Korea 1,160 Dubai 925 India 748 Israel 269 Libya 187 Singapore 134 Burma 127 Taiwan 111 Qatar 103 Bolivia 102 Pakistan 99 Indonesia 73 Egypt 71 United Arab Emirates 62 Malta 60 Saudi Arabia 45 Abu Dhabi 40 Mexico 39 Brunei 22 Malaysia 21 Zambia 12 Ecuador 8 CIS (former Soviet Union) 7 Ghana 3 Sri Lanka 2 Venezuela 1 China 1 TOTAL FOR ALL NON-OECD COUNTRIES 8,196
Note: Figures rounded.
Source of information: United Kingdom Customs and Excise