Workplace Recycling Regulations

What are they?

The Workplace Recycling Regulations are a piece of new legislation passed by the Welsh Government that will make it a legal responsibility for all private, public, and third-sector workplaces to separate waste into recyclable fractions and arrange for the separate collection of each fraction. From the 6th April companies will need to separate the following:

• Food
• Paper and Card
• Glass
• Metal, Plastic and Cartons
• Unsold Textiles
• Unsold small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

A separate container must be used for each of the above groups, but you can for example have one container for metal, plastic, and cartons. In addition, food waste need only be separated if the business generates more than 5kg of food waste a week.

Who is affected?

All private, public, and third sector (charities etc.) organisations. Including:

• Agricultural premises
• Hospitality and tourism – restaurants, bars, pubs, bed and breakfasts, hotels, campsites and caravan parks, holiday accommodation, and licensed premises
• Showgrounds
• Service stations and petrol stations
• Entertainment and sports venues including leisure centres
• Transport – bus stations, railway stations, seaports, airports, and heliports
• Care and nursing homes
• Pharmacies, GP surgeries, dental surgeries, and other primary care settings
• Construction sites
• Factories and warehouses
• Car garages
• Education – universities, colleges, and schools
• Garden centres
• Heritage buildings
• Libraries and museums
• Offices and workshops
• Places of worship
• Prisons
• Outdoor markets and festivals
• Retail









Why were they introduced?

The Workplace Recycling Regulations form an important part of Wales’ Zero Waste ambitions and will help to further reduce carbon emissions. Wales already has the third best domestic recycling rate globally, and this step will help increase that number even further.

How can we help?

At WPS we are experts in Waste, with nearly 15 years’ experience in the sector. We can help you plan for these changes by providing Waste Audits for your business to identify opportunities and ensure ongoing compliance. We can also offer bespoke training solutions to help your employees get to terms with these new regulations.

Call us NOW on 01604 859961, or email [email protected] to ask our advice / guidance

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