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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-10more like thismore than 2018-01-10
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what percentage of parliamentary waste was (a) recycled and (b) incinerated in the most recent period for which data is available. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 122009 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-01-25more like thismore than 2018-01-25
answer text <p>In the calendar year of 2017, Parliament recycled 48.8% (937,854 kg) of waste. Parliament recovered 13.4% (253,056 kg) of waste, which is a process that applies to food waste, treated to produce methane fuel for energy generation with the solid residues used as soil improver.</p><p>In the same timeframe, Parliament incinerated 36.7% (691,464 kg) of waste at an ‘energy from waste facility’. No waste from the Parliamentary Estate goes to landfill.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-25T11:19:23.547Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-25T11:19:23.547Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
830406
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-25more like thismore than 2018-01-25
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, which wastes are sent for incineration by the Parliamentary authorities; and whether the Commission has made an assessment of alternative sources of disposal for such wastes. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 124972 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-01-30more like thismore than 2018-01-30
answer text <p>Parliament’s ‘general waste’ stream is sent for incineration at an ‘energy from waste’ facility. General waste bins in offices are clearly marked and are for food, food contaminated packaging, crisps packets, tea bags, coffee grounds, disposable coffee cups and take away meal containers.</p><p>The House authorities and their waste contractor carry out audits of the general waste stream to identify opportunities to move general wastes up the waste hierarchy, by avoiding the generation of wastes in the first instance, and to identify ways to increase recycling where possible.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-30T15:36:55.097Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-30T15:36:55.097Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
833069
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-29more like thismore than 2018-01-29
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 122009, how much of the 36.7 per cent of waste which the Parliamentary authorities incinerated at an energy from waste facility was biodegradable. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 125385 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
answer text <p>Parliament’s general waste stream, sent to incineration at an ‘energy from waste’ facility, is not routinely separated onsite or at the facility. Therefore an accurate figure of biodegradable material within this waste stream is unknown.</p><p>In November 2015, Parliament commissioned an independent audit of the general waste stream and found that approximately 28% of the sample (by weight) analysed comprised of biodegradable material.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-05T11:44:50.293Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-05T11:44:50.293Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
834266
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-31more like thismore than 2018-01-31
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2018 to Question 124972, on Incinerators, whether all the contents of the general waste bins in offices are put into the general waste stream and then sent for incineration. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 125889 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
answer text <p>That is the practice. As the House does not separate the contents of the general waste stream onsite, the entire content of the general waste bins is sent for incineration at an ‘energy from waste’ facility.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-05T11:47:10.753Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-05T11:47:10.753Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
843708
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the process and manner of disposal is for Parliament's (a) food waste and (b) unused packaged food. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 128065 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-22more like thismore than 2018-02-22
answer text <p>Food and catering waste from catering facilities is segregated at the kitchens and is recovered offsite by means of anaerobic digestion to produce methane fuel and fertiliser. No catering waste from Parliament is sent to landfill.</p><p>Food waste from offices is not currently segregated but the feasibility of this is currently being considered.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-22T12:53:16.79Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-22T12:53:16.79Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
843709
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, to which incineration facility Parliament's general waste is sent. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 128066 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-23more like thismore than 2018-02-23
answer text <p>All general waste is taken to Bywaters Materials Recovery Facility in Bromley-by-Bow. It is then consolidated with other general wastes for transporting to a licensed Energy from Waste facility in Kent run by Riverside Resource Recovery Limited.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-23T13:07:26.553Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-23T13:07:26.553Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
843695
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to comply with the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment Regulations and to reduce the wastage by the House of goods covered by those regulations. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 128041 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-27more like thismore than 2018-02-27
answer text <p>There is a wide range of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) disposed of from the Parliamentary Estate. These include, but are not limited to IT wastes (computers, display screens, iPads, printers etc.), ‘white goods’ (desk fans, mini fridges, kettles etc.) and maintenance-based waste (fluorescent tubes, electrical fittings, emergency system batteries, catering fridges etc.), and includes hazardous and non-hazardous items.</p><p>A licensed contractor, Bywater Ltd, are engaged to dispose of end of life or non-operational white goods and maintenance WEEE. They use two specialist subcontractors who operate Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATF) to ensure that WEEE waste is processed to the highest standards of licensing available from the Environment Agency. Non-hazardous WEEE is processed by Total Waste Management Ltd in Basildon, Essex, and hazardous WEEE is processed by Electrical Waste Recycling Group Ltd in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.</p><p>For IT WEEE, Parliamentary Digital Services use the services of a fully licensed contractor, RDC, who likewise operate an AATF for those IT items which are at end of life or non-operational. For items that can be re-used once all data has been erased (to certified security standards), RDC operates a remarketing service aimed at maximising the re-use of IT equipment no longer required by Parliament.</p><p>Parliament is currently in the process of developing an electrical heater policy to reduce usage of these across the Estate. One associated benefit of this policy will be a reduction in electrical heaters being disposed of in our white goods WEEE waste stream.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-27T10:48:27.807Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-27T10:48:27.807Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
843707
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2018 to Question 125385, what the reason is for Parliament's general waste not being separated; and whether the Commission plans to take steps to ensure that such waste is separated in order to ensure compliance with the demands of the waste hierarchy. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 128064 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-27more like thismore than 2018-02-27
answer text <p>The term “general waste” refers to non-recyclable items. Instructions for our general waste bins in Parliament are that only non-recyclables and contaminated waste should be deposited in this waste stream. Therefore, there is no value in segregating the elements of this stream. General waste is separated from all other waste that Parliament produces and, as general waste, it remains segregated as such through to its final disposal at an Energy from Waste facility. This is the fourth layer of the waste hierarchy, and the highest level of the waste hierarchy at which such non-recyclables can be disposed of.</p><p>All recyclable items have already been removed at this stage as they will have been disposed of in the dry mixed recycling bins or glass bins located in offices and waste hubs.</p><p>We focus our efforts on encouraging individuals in offices to segregate their dry mixed recycling from general waste, so there should be no reason to further segregate the general waste. As previously stated, the general waste is sent to an Energy from Waste facility whereas the recycling will go to a Materials Recovery Facility.</p><p>Parliament’s Environment Team and waste contractor carry out audits to identify any pattern of recyclable items being incorrectly disposed of to the general waste stream.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-27T10:52:06.777Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-27T10:52:06.777Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1126140
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Waste Management remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to reduce the amount of food waste produced by the kitchens on the parliamentary estate. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 253487 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
answer text <p>The House of Commons has implemented a variety of initiatives to reduce the amount of food waste. The only food which is disposed of consists of products that are not safe to be consumed, following guidance from, for example, the Catering Services’ Food Safety Policy and in relation to use-by dates.</p><p>Measures taken to monitor and reduce food waste from our catering venues includes:</p><ul><li>Menu plans and cycles are used which enables orders to be planned in advance;</li></ul><ul><li>Most dishes are made fresh in-house, which allows for improvisation if products need to be used up, and enables short life products to be used in smoothies, soups and salads;</li></ul><ul><li>Stock is regularly counted, and order volumes consider the level of stock-in-hand;</li></ul><ul><li>Dates are checked regularly on ambient food products and any short life products are issued to the kitchens for immediate use;</li></ul><ul><li>Many of the high-volume protein items are ordered by unit (rather than weight) which makes portion control more accurate and reduces the likelihood of over ordering;</li></ul><ul><li>Venue orders are checked by a purchasing team for accuracy, to ensure that orders and volumes are correct and in-line with historic figures;</li></ul><ul><li>The kitchens make salad items in-house, meaning venues can cook-off and utilise any surplus protein products effectively;</li></ul><ul><li>Stock is always rotated using ‘first-in, first-out’ principles;</li></ul><ul><li>Various smart storage methods and materials are used to help prevent premature spoilage;</li></ul><ul><li>Some products are frozen if not used on the day;</li></ul><ul><li>Products which show high levels of wastage are changed (for example, some high frequency/low volume lines are now frozen which enables portion control);</li></ul><ul><li>Any hot food which is re-usable is transferred immediately to where it can be sold (or blast chilled within food safety requirements and used the following day).<br></li></ul><p><br>The Sustainable Restaurant Association has rated the House of Commons as a good practice organisation in respect of food waste.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-21T18:06:47.417Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T18:06:47.417Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
previous answer version
118570
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this