Following the approval of the Workplace Recycling Regulations by the Senedd the new regs will come into force on 6 April 2024. This will mean that all business, public and third sector workplaces will be required to separate recyclable materials in the same way as households. The Welsh Government’s stated aim ‘is to increase the quality and quantity of recyclable materials collected from workplaces with less going to landfill’.
This is potentially going to cause a number of businesses difficulty, particularly with regard to the number of recycling bins that are required to sit outside properties of multiple occupancy; getting guests to recycle in the first place, finding a suitable carrier and with issues such as hygiene.
There is a new ‘Separate Collection of Waste Materials for Recycling – A Code of Practice for Wales’ which has now been published at: https://www.gov.wales/separate-collection-waste-materials-recycling-code-practice. The Code is a practical guide for information on how non-domestic premises can comply with the Workplace Recycling Regulations by 6 April 2024.
Current information on the reforms, tools and resources can be found here: Workplace recycling | GOV.WALES, including guidance for workplaces and waste collectors. Further resources will be added throughout 2024 so please revisit this page.
WRAP Cymru – Workplace Recycling Webinars
WRAP Cymru is also hosting a series of webinars to share practical advice on how your workplace can get ready for the Workplace Recycling Regulations. Further information on the webinars and how to sign up can be accessed here: Workplace Recycling -Webinars (wrapcymru.org.uk)