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New recycling system for House of Commons

The House of Commons has implemented an office waste recycling system in MPs’ areas across the estate, using separate bins for mixed recycling.

Conservative MP Paul Beresford revealed in a Commons debate that Parliament’s recycling and recovery rate had already increased from 47% in 2008-09 to 62.5% in 2014-15.

But the new system, introduced during dissolution for the General Election, has been implemented to help Parliament achieve its target to recycle or recover 75% of waste by 2021.

Describing Parliament’s waste hierarchy, Beresford said: “First comes prevention – not using as much paper – then comes preparing for reuse, recycling and other recovery, particularly energy recovery, and finally there is disposal.”

His answers came to questions from the SNP’s Margaret Ferrier.

Ferrier said: “As a new member, I have noted that much more could be done to promote recycling on the estate, particularly of paper waste.

“I hope that, in addition to pursuing a digital strategy to lessen paper waste, the House will seek to become more adept at how it disposes of the masses of paper discarded each day and also clarify what happens to any leftover food.”

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