Workplace Recycling

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Webinars: Embrace the legislative changes in Wales

This series of webinars provide a comprehensive introduction to the waste regulations, with a focused exploration of each sector's requirements to comply with the new law.

The new Workplace Recycling Regulations require workplaces in Wales to improve the way they recycle.

What’s changing and why

The new law requires all workplaces, including businesses, public bodies and the third sector, to separate these recyclable materials from their general waste.

  • Food leftovers or waste generated by food preparation
  • Paper and card such as old newspapers and envelopes, delivery boxes and packaging 
  • Metal, plastic, and cartons and other similar packaging (for example coffee cups)
  • Glass such as drinks bottles and food jars
  • Unsold textiles such as clothing and non-clothing
  • Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment (sWEEE)
Glass bottles
Metal cans
Plastic bottles
Waste paper
Food waste

It’s compulsory for businesses to arrange a separate collection of these materials, so they can be recycled efficiently.

Wales is currently third in the world when it comes to recycling waste from households.

The aim is to build on the success of household recycling and ensure high recycling rates across workplaces too.

The benefits of increasing recycling are that it:

  • increases the amount and quality of recycling that can then be used by Welsh manufacturers

  • supports workplaces to reduce their waste

  • reduces carbon emissions

  • helps the economy to create a greener Wales

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65% recycling rate

of waste material collected by our local authorities

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400,000 tonnes

of carbon emissions saved each year