New Workplace Recycling Laws in Wales: A Business Guide

As we approach 2024, businesses in Wales are on the cusp of a significant change in their approach to waste management. With new legislation set to take effect from 6 April 2024, a more rigorous and environmentally conscious regime is about to be implemented. This law mandates that all businesses, along with charities and public sector organisations, will be required to sort their waste for recycling, reflecting a major shift in how waste is handled in the workplace. This change is not just a regulatory adjustment; it represents a crucial step in Wales' journey towards environmental sustainability and responsible waste management.

The introduction of this law is a clear message from the Welsh Government about the importance of recycling in the workplace and its role in the broader context of tackling the climate emergency and fostering a sustainable future. By understanding and embracing these new requirements, businesses can play a pivotal role in this transformative effort, contributing to a greener Wales and setting an example for responsible environmental stewardship. With significant expertise in all matters recycling, phs Wastekit shines a light on these new laws, and what they means for businesses.


Key aspects of the new legislation                        

The upcoming Welsh legislation on workplace recycling is transformative and comprehensive. It requires all forms of waste generated in workplaces to be sorted for recycling. This includes common waste types like food, paper, card, glass, metal, plastic, and cartons, as well as less commonly recycled items such as unsold textiles and small waste electrical and electronic equipment (sWEEE). The law also introduces significant bans, including the prohibition of sending any food waste to sewers, and the restriction on sending separately collected waste to incineration or landfill facilities. Additionally, it forbids all wood waste from being sent to landfill. These mandates represent a sweeping reform designed to significantly overhaul current waste management practices across various sectors in Wales.


Why this change matters                        

The impetus behind this legislative change is multifaceted. Primarily, it aims to enhance the quality and quantity of recycling in Wales, thereby contributing significantly to the broader goals of achieving zero waste and reducing carbon emissions. This is a crucial step in the fight against the climate emergency, reflecting a proactive approach towards environmental sustainability.

Additionally, the legislation is aimed at keeping valuable materials in use for longer periods. This approach is not only environmentally practical but also economically beneficial. By reducing reliance on landfill spaces and minimising landfill tax liabilities, businesses can achieve cost savings. Moreover, enhanced recycling efforts can foster job creation within the recycling and waste management sectors. This new law is set to bolster Wales’ already impressive domestic recycling rates, further solidifying its position as a leader in sustainable waste management practices globally.

How phs Wastekit can help                        

phs Wastekit offers comprehensive solutions to help businesses adapt to these new requirements. Their top-class cardboard balers and other waste management machinery are essential tools in a greener, more environmentally friendly waste management strategy.

With over 35 years of experience, phs Wastekit provides compactors, balers, and waste handling accessories to ensure smooth operations and efficient waste disposal.
We also offer a
free waste-saving audit, allowing businesses to understand potential savings and optimise their waste disposal practices. This audit reviews current waste disposal methods and provides recommendations to save time and money, highlighting the efficiencies that can be achieved with their equipment.

Additionally, phs Wastekit's range of equipment helps businesses achieve considerable savings in terms of time, money, and effort required for disposal. We also offer the opportunity for businesses to generate additional revenue by selling off neatly baled cardboard to recycling partners. This contributes to meeting waste disposal targets, reducing carbon footprints, and improving a business's green credentials.

phs Wastekit also conducts free site surveys to offer tailored recommendations based on the unique waste disposal needs of each business. We even provide a free trial of the suggested equipment, allowing businesses to see the results firsthand.

With a range of baling and compacting equipment, phs Wastekit caters to various business needs, depending on available space, budget, and desired performance. This ensures that every business can find the right product to meet its specific waste disposal requirements.



The upcoming changes in workplace recycling laws in Wales represent a significant shift towards more sustainable business practices. Understanding and complying with these new regulations is crucial for businesses, charities, and public sector organisations.

With the support of services offered by phs Wastekit, businesses can not only comply with the new legislation but also enhance their operational efficiency and contribute positively to the environment. As Wales strides towards zero waste and reduced carbon emissions, these measures are essential steps in tackling the climate emergency and promoting a sustainable future.

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