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Reconomy publishes guide to assist Welsh firms with incoming workplace recycling regulations

‘Separated waste collections for workplaces: Reconomy guide’ has been published by the international circular economy specialist to support Welsh businesses as they prepare for workplace waste management reforms which come into force on 6 April 2024.

The regulations require all non-domestic premises (including businesses, charities and public sector bodies) to separate key recyclable materials into at least six distinct recyclable waste streams so that they can be collected and processed accordingly. There are complementary bans on the disposal of food waste to sewer from non-domestic premises and bans on specified separate recyclable waste streams being disposed of at incineration plants and landfill sites.

The six recyclable waste streams are as follows:

  • Food waste
  • Paper and card
  • Glass
  • Metal, plastic, and cartons & other fibre- plastic composite packaging
  • Unsold small Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (sWEEE)
  • Unsold textiles

The reforms are part of the Welsh government’s ‘Beyond Recycling’ strategy with the nation aiming to become zero waste by 2050 and recycle 70 per cent of all waste generated by 2025.

Reconomy has released this guide to help businesses comply with the regulations as failure to do so is an offence with no upper limit on the courts’ power to fine. A civil sanction may be issued in place of prosecution.

The guide lists specific items that can and can’t be placed into each waste stream, and provides answers to key questions.

Nathan Gray, Head of Sustainability at Reconomy, stated: “Reconomy’s comprehensive guide offers clarity and practical advice for businesses to prepare for the implementation of these new recycling regulations for non-domestic premises.

“The reforms are an exciting step forward and we look forward to helping businesses make a success of the policy in what could be an exciting acceleration towards a more circular economy and zero waste nation.”

To download the guide click here.

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