HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc383-4W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the processed output from mechanical biological treatment works counts towards local authority recycling targets. [142339]

Mr. Morley

Mechanical biological treatment [MBT] describes a range of processes with the common purpose of treating residual waste after material recovery, to prepare it for final disposal. Where this results in the recovery of further materials that are sent for recycling or a compost that meets the criteria set for the composting indicator then these outputs will count towards local authority Best Value targets for recycling and composting.