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Workplace Recycling is Changing in Wales

Workplace Recycling WalesFrom 6 April 2024, it will become law for all businesses, charities and public sector organisations to sort their waste for recycling. The law also applies to all waste and recycling collectors and processors who manage household-like waste from workplaces.

The Welsh Government is introducing this law to improve the quality and quantity of how we collect and separate waste.

What waste needs to be separated

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

  • Food
  • Paper and card*
  • Glass
  • Metal, plastic and cartons*
  • Unsold textiles
  • Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment (sWEEE)

*You can mix paper and card in the same container and mix metal, plastic, and cartons together.

There will also be a ban on:

  • Sending food waste to sewer (any amount)
  • Separately collected waste going to incineration and landfill
  • Any wood waste going to landfill.


Who does the law apply to?

All businesses, charities and public sector organisations must separate their waste. This includes:

  • 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 the law is changing

The Welsh Government wants to improve the quality and quantity of workplace recycling, which is an essential step towards reaching zero waste, reducing our carbon emissions and tackling the climate emergency.

Albany Cleaning Solutions can help our clients create and encourage a culture of recycling in their work environments by taking some simple steps that can improve your employees’ participation. If you need more assistance with improving your recycling practices and help with introducing a cleaning service that supports better ways of doing things, get in touch with us. Email or phone Cardiff: 029 2048 7538

Workplace Recycling in Wales

Workplace Recycling Wales

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