Workplace recycling guide


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Guidance for the retail sector

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This guide, prepared by WRAP Cymru, should be read in conjunction with the Separate Collection of Waste Materials for Recycling: A Code of Practice for Wales. This guide provides supplementary advice for individual sectors and should not be read as standalone guidance.

This guide is aimed at the retail sector. It is applicable for all sizes of retail businesses operating out of physical shops, as well as those operating online.

Content overview

Why you need to recycle?

From 6 April 2024, all workplaces must present the following materials separately for collection to be recycled .

How to better understand your waste and recycling

To understand the different types of waste your workplace produces, undertake a waste audit by walking through the different areas within your store.

Preventing waste in the first place

Reducing or preventing how much waste you produce will help to save money and reduce the size of bins you will need.

How to comply with the new recycling law

We recommend you read Separate Collection of Waste Materials for Recycling: Code of Practice for Wales to ensure you’re doing everything you need to. This publication includes a list of all the specific types of items that have to be recycled.

How to arrange a new recycling service

If you need to organise a new recycling collections service for your organisation, it’s worth thinking about the following:

Space for your bins?

It’s important that you consider where and how you will store your waste and recycling.

Staff training ideas

You can use our resources when engaging with your employees.


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