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Central Government criticised for ignorance of its building recycling schemes

More than half of central Government offices do not know if they have a recycling scheme, a National Audit Office (NAO) report has revealed. NAO investigations into 877 buildings found that 544 could not provide information on the presence of a recycling scheme for 2005/06. While only half of the buildings that did give information knew the amount of paper they recycled. Research on recycling focused on paper and found that five departments did not have any information on the amount they recycled. In fact only 40% of buildings reported having recycling schemes. Shadow Local Government and Communities secretary Eric Pickles accused the Government of hypocrisy and said: This report is another nail in the coffin of Labours shambolic recycling policy. How can they claim their universally hated bin taxes will boost recycling when they havent got a clue what is happening on their doorstep? This report shows that hypocrisy runs right to the heart of Government. There is one rule for Labour Ministers and one for the hard working public." The Office of Government Commerce, which sets efficiency targets for central Government offices, said it applies its own sustainability policy to all its activities, products and services and is committed to continuous improvement in its performance on sustainability and providing value for money for the taxpayer. NAO comptroller and auditor general John Bourn said: Government departments have a challenging time ahead in addressing the efficiency of their office accommodation.

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