HC Deb 11 November 1997 vol 300 c488W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list(a) the total waste disposal in each year since 1986 (i) in absolute terms and (ii) per head of population and (b) the percentage of waste in each year since 1986 which has been (1) landfilled, (2) incinerated and (3) recycled. [14527]

Angela Eagle

Annually updated information has not been collated centrally on a regular basis for the disposal of all controlled waste streams. Best estimates of the proportion of controlled wastes, excluding sewage sludge and dredged spoils going to each of the main waste management options in 1990 are given in the table:

Type of waste Landfill Incineration Recycled/re-used
Household 90 5 5
Commercial 85 7.5 7.5
Construction and demolition 63 0 30
Other industrial 73 1 18
Total 70 2 21

In a new survey of household and municipal waste carried out by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Welsh Office, local authorities in England and Wales reported that 83 per cent. of municipal waste was disposed of to landfill, almost 10 per cent. was incinerated, about half of that with energy recovery and about 7 per cent. was recycled.

Information on the disposal of sewage sludge is published annually in the "Digest of Environmental Statistics". Typically in recent years approximately 10 per cent. of sewage sludge was disposed of to landfill and around 5 per cent. was incinerated. A further 8 to 10 per cent. was used beneficially in land reclamation and soil and compost products.

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