Posted: Sat 6th Apr 2024

New recycling law kicks in: Businesses in Wales must now sort waste

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales


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From today, Saturday, April 6, it will become law for all businesses, charities, and public sector organisations to sort their waste for recycling.

The changes will increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent for incineration and to landfill.

The Workplace Recycling Regulations will require all business, public and third sector workplaces to separate key recyclable materials in the way that householders already do across most of Wales.

The following materials will need to be separated for collection, and collected separately:

Food
Paper and card
Glass
Metal, plastic and cartons
Unsold textiles
Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment
Putting the recycling in different bins will improve its quality, making it more likely the materials can be used by Welsh businesses instead of being exported.

There will also be a ban on:

Sending food waste to sewer (any amount)
Separately collected waste going to incineration and landfill
All wood waste going to landfill
Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Huw Irranca-Davies said: “Wales is already the best in the UK for domestic recycling and third best in the world.

“We now want to improve the quality and quantity of recycling from workplaces. This is an important step towards reaching zero waste, reducing our carbon emissions and tackling the climate emergency.

“We want to keep materials in use for as long as possible. With the costs of materials rising, keeping high quality materials in use will help our economy and support our supply chains.

“It will also improve the quality and quantity of recyclable materials collected from workplaces, which will in turn capture important materials to be fed back into the Welsh economy.”

 

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