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Navigating the Changes: Welsh Waste Management Regulations 2024

In light of the upcoming changes in Welsh waste management regulations set to be enforced from 6th April 2024, we want to ensure you are well-informed and prepared for the shifts that lie ahead. This article aims to guide you through the impending alterations, providing valuable insights and actions needed to comply with the new Workplace Recycling regulations.

Changes at a Glance

From 6th April 2024, the Welsh Government will enforce regulations mandating businesses to segregate their waste for recycling by separating different recyclable items into distinct waste containers. This move is in line with the Welsh Government’s ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy, aiming for a 70% recycling rate by 2025. The goal is to enhance waste recyclability, prevent contamination, and foster a more circular economy in Wales.

What Needs to be Separated

The materials requiring segregation include:

  • Food waste (for premises producing over 5kg per week)
  • Paper and card
  • Glass
  • Metal, plastic, and cartons
  • Unsold textiles
  • Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment (sWEEE)
  • Non-recyclable general waste

Who Must Comply?

All businesses, charities, and public sector organisations in Wales, spanning various industries, must adhere to the new Workplace Recycling regulations. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Agricultural premises
  • Hospitality and tourism establishments
  • Entertainment and sports venues
  • Construction sites
  • Offices and workshops
  • Prisons

Changes in Waste Collection

The implementation of Workplace Recycling regulations will result in the withdrawal of Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) services. Businesses will be required to separate materials that were previously part of commingled waste. For those currently using DMR services, it’s crucial to assess your waste streams and understand which recycling services need adoption to comply with the new regulations.

How Better Waste Solutions Can Assist

As a leading waste management company, Better Waste Solutions is committed to supporting businesses through this transition. We operate an extensive waste collection network in Wales, ready to provide expert guidance and ensure seamless waste collections under the new regulations.

The Risk and Prevention

Contamination poses a significant risk in the recycling process, and our suppliers face significant fines if their waste is contaminated, so they will be strict on checking your waste is separated in line with legislation. To avoid contamination and additional costs, Better Waste Solutions follows a clear process, including notifying customers of contamination and providing resources for educating staff on waste management best practices.

Fixed Monetary Penalties (FMP)

Natural Resource Wales (NRW) will enforce the new Workplace Recycling obligations, with non-compliant organisations facing Fixed Monetary Penalties (FMP) for each instance of non-adherence.

Health & Safety Concerns

Better Waste Solutions emphasises the importance of safety around waste containers, especially with the addition of new bins due to Workplace Recycling regulations. Awareness is raised regarding the issue of people sleeping in and around bins, emphasising the need for collective responsibility to keep individuals safe.

Planning for the Changes

While initially planned for October 2023, the implementation date for the regulations has been updated to 6th April 2024. Businesses are encouraged to review their waste stream mix promptly and seek guidance to ensure a smooth transition.

Addressing Your Concerns

To address common questions, we’ve compiled answers on services, container updates, DMR collections, and how Better Waste Solutions will support businesses through these changes.

Conclusion

As the Welsh waste management landscape undergoes a transformation, Better Waste Solutions is here to guide you through the changes. We encourage you to reach out to our team for any questions or assistance in updating your waste services.