New Waste Reforms – Defra’s Simpler Recycling

New Waste Reforms – Defra’s Simpler Recycling

What does this mean?

The Government has revealed its ‘Simpler Recycling Plan’ for England. Under these plans, new waste reforms are being pushed to help with the Government’s net zero goal. In October and November 2023, DEFRA and the Government have announced an update on the scheme.

What is the Scheme?

The ‘Simpler Recycling’ plan is said to avoid confusion over what can and can’t be recycled in different parts of the country as it means people across England will be able to recycle the same materials, whether at home, work or school.

What’s the latest update?

Further changes are likely to be announced over the coming months but as of November 21st 2023 the following timeline has been announced:

Timeline for Simpler Recycling for Households and Businesses in England:

By 31 March 2025, non-household municipal premises in England will be required to recycle glass; metal; plastic; paper and card; food waste (excluding plastic films). Recyclable plastic films are to be collected by 31 March 2027.

By 31 March 2026, all local authorities will be required to collect the required recyclable waste streams from all households in England including weekly food waste collections.


Specific local authorities may need longer due to long-term waste disposal (mechanical biological treatment and energy from waste) contracts that run beyond 31 March 2026.

How can WPSCC help?

WPSCC helps clients understand the maze of legislation on a day-to-day basis and can advise what effects legislation changes could have on your business.

In Autumn 2023, WPSCC was asked to review a waste collection business operation after similar legislation was announced for Wales. WPSCC waste consultancy services ensured the business was prepared for the upcoming changes whilst ensuring compliance continued to be met with the waste Duty of Care.

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