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1 March 2024
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Workplace Recycling Law

In a recent Business News Wales digital discussion hosted by Carwyn Jones, industry insiders analysed Wales’ new workplace recycling law, set to take effect on April 6th.

Guests Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy at Welsh Government talked about the reasons behind the law change and what it means to Welsh businesses. He was joined by Georgina Taubman, Waste Minimisation Specialist at Cardiff University, who emphasized the importance of clear communication to facilitate compliance and Clive Williams, Environmental Manager at Sinclair Group, who stressed the necessity of staff training to ensure effective implementation.

The law mandates separating waste for collection with a focus on separating food, paper and cardboard, glass, metals, plastics and cartons, and unsold textiles and unsold small electrical items.

Compliance with the new law will be managed by Natural Resources Wales and local authorities, initially prioritising education, and guidance. While businesses may face initial investment costs, the benefits include reduced waste production and associated waste management costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Looking ahead, the Welsh Government aims to broaden the regulations to include small electrical equipment and textiles, signalling Wales’ commitment to becoming a zero-waste nation by 2050.

You can also hear a recent interview here by  Marten Lewis, Director of Sustainability at Bluestone who discuss what changes they have made already ahead of the forthcoming law change and how they have managed the whole process, as well as what advice they would give to other businesses as they prepare to make the changes.

To find out more about the Workplace Recycling Law at Workplace recycling | GOV.WALES

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