HC Deb 04 March 1997 vol 291 c597W
Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects the report on the potential markets for household waste-derived compost to be published; and to whom he plans to circulate it. [17714]

Mr. Gummer

The report, entitled "Markets and Quality Requirements for composts and Digestates from the Organic Fraction of Household Wastes", has been prepared under a research contract now managed by the Environment Agency. It was made public in January; and priced copies will be available in March, reference number CWM 147/96, from the Waste Management Information Bureau, AEA Technology plc, F6 Culham, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, telephone number 01235 463162. Complimentary copies are due to be sent to the Environment Select Committee, the British library, the Composting Association, the National Composting Development Association, the Institute of Waste Management, the Environmental Services Association, the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and the specialist press. My Department promoted the report at the Composting Association's annual conference in November 1996 and will be doing so again at a National Composting Development Association conference in March 1997.