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Welsh business recycling changes in April 2024

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Significant changes are coming to Welsh business recycling and take effect on 6th April 2024.

It will become law for all businesses, charities and public sector organisations to pro-actively sort their waste for recycling.

Llwidraeth Cymru have introduced the measures in the Non-Domestic Premises Recycling Regulations.  They aim to improve recycling rates and contribute to a more sustainable future.

What’s changing?

  • Mandatory waste separation: All businesses, charities, and public sector bodies in Wales will be required to separate and recycle specific materials. This includes:
  • Food waste (for businesses generating over 5kg per week)
  • Paper and card
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Unsold textiles
  • Unsold small electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

  • Restrictions on disposal. Businesses will no longer be able to:
    • Send any food waste down the drain.
    • Send separately collected recyclables for incineration or landfill.
    • Dispose of wood waste in landfill sites.

What do you need to do?

  • Review your waste streams: Identify the types of waste your business generates and determine which materials fall under the new regulations.
  • Invest in separate bins and containers: You’ll likely need new bins for each designated recyclable material. Consider colour-coded bins or clear signage for easy identification.
  • Choose a waste collection service: Find a licensed waste collector who can provide separate collections for your various waste streams.  Procure Smart can help you procure great waste collection deals.
  • Educate your staff: Train your employees on the new regulations and how to properly segregate waste into the designated bins.

Welsh business recycling compliance benefits:

  • Reduced waste disposal costs: Separating recyclables can lead to cost savings on general waste disposal fees.
  • Environmental benefits: Increased recycling contributes to a more sustainable future by reducing landfill waste and associated environmental impacts.
  • Improved brand image: Demonstrating commitment to environmental responsibility can enhance your brand image and attract customers who value sustainability.

Resources and support:

  • The Welsh Government website provides guidance and resources for businesses to comply with the new regulations:
  • Procure Smart can support you through the change by understanding your unique business requirements and identifying the most suitable supplier based on their approach to under/overfilling and their collection schedule.  Missing the mark on either of these areas will lead to financial penalisation.

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