Workplace Recycling Law Wales

This is an overview of the key points of the workplace recycling changes and a guide on how to become compliant.

Workplace recycling regulations have changed

The workplace recycling regulations in Wales have been updated to improve recycling practices across all business, public, and third-sector workplaces.

The new regulations are an integral part of the Wales government’s broader environmental strategy to reduce landfill use, increase recycling rates and reduce carbon emissions.

From April 2024, workplaces must separate recyclable materials similar to the systems already in place for households in most parts of Wales.

Key points of the workplace recycling law:

1. Separation of waste materials

You can no longer mix many materials in a typical dry mixed recycling bin or skip. The following materials must be separated for recycling, and each group must be kept seperated from each other:

  • Food waste (applies to workplaces that produce more than 5kg of food waste per week)
  • Paper and cardboard (can be mixed)
  • Glass
  • Metals, plastics and cartons (can be mixed)
  • Unsold textiles
  • Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment (sWEEE)


2. For workplaces that produce more than 5 kg food waste per week

If your workplace produce 5kg or more food waste during any seven days, then it must be presented separately for collection. If you do not produce over 5kg per week this should be monitored to take account of any changes on the premises, for example an increase of staffing levels or visitors.


3. Arrange for collection by licensed waste carrier

As a workplace, you should also arrange for the waste to be collected separately from other waste, by a licensed waste carrier.


4. Prohibitions

There are bans on:

  • Putting all kinds of food waste – in any quantity – into sewers
  • Sending separately collected waste to incineration and landfill
  • Sending any wood waste to landfill


5. Who is responsible for compliance?

People working in the workplace are responsible for making sure recycling is separated for collection. Each organisation that occupies a shared space with another is accountable, although they might also need to consult with the facilities manager or landlord if a central recycling system is required.


6. Who is responsible for enforcement?

Natural Resources Wales is tasked with ensuring that materials are separated correctly and that the bans on incineration and landfill disposal are adhered to. Local authorities will oversee the ban on food waste going to sewers. Non-compliance could result in fines.

The result of the law for many businesses?

More bins, more contamination, more collections, less space, higher costs…

Here’s a solution:
Get compliant with workplace recycling bins and balers – tailored solutions for your business!

At Mil-tek, we specialise in providing tailored solutions to efficient waste management. With our range of waste sorting systems and balers, every workplace can find a solution to minimize and recycle materials listed in the workplace recycling law as above – without the need for multiple containers and frequent pick-ups.


Infinity bins
Collect waste materials separately in color-coded bags

  • Practical color-coded bag cartridges for efficient segregation
  • Simple, hygienic and economic solution – easy to implement
  • Endless bags – always 100% full – up to 75% less plastic use
  • Wall and floor mounted stands in different sizes, shapes and forms
  • Divide up materials as defined by the workplace recycling law
  • Starter Packs available

Waste balers
Compact waste materials up to 90% and save space

  • Compact your waste materials in a baler 85-90%
  • Compacted bales are easy to store and less space-consuming
  • Compacted bales are 100% ready for recycling
  • Reduce the numbers of containers and waste collections needed
  • Can be installed in the backroom, on the production line etc.
  • If you produce enough bales, you can earn money from your waste

Want help to get compliant? Get a Free Site Survey from one of our recycling consultants

We’re here to help you understand what the workplace recycling law means for your workplace, and which measures you should take to get fully compliant.

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