§ David Hamilton
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set her Department for(a) business packaging waste recovery and (b) business packaging recycling; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Meacher
The Department has been working towards cross-Government targets for general waste management. These are:
To recover a minimum of 40 per cent. total office waste, with at least 25 per cent. of that recovery coming from recycling or composting by March 2001.
To have paper recycling schemes in place in all offices with more than 50 staff by April 2002.
New targets for waste management are due to be set later this year as part of the new Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.
No separate targets are set in respect of business packaging waste.