The Welsh government are introducing new regulations that are expected to come into force on 1 October 2023 and require all non-domestic premises (including businesses, and the public and the third sector) to separate key recyclable materials in the way the majority of Wales householders already do.
The purpose of this Wales-only consultation is to seek your views on the code of practice (“the code”) and whether it provides sufficient practical guidance on how to meet the separation requirements set out in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (as amended, including to be amended by the proposed Waste (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2023).
The main drive is to improve the quality of materials collected and increase recycling participation.
The nine specified recyclable waste materials that need to be separated for collection, collected separately, and kept separate after collection, in six separate recyclable waste streams, as a minimum, are as follows:
i) food waste produced by premises producing more than 5kg of food waste a week;
ii) paper and card;
iv) metal, plastic, and cartons and other fibre-plastic composite packaging of similar composition (referred to hereafter collectively as ‘cartons’);
v) unsold small electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE); and
vi) unsold textiles.
Swansea Council customers (and private waste collectors) will be provided with more bins to ensure the separation of these materials.
Share your thoughts on this by responding online - https://www.gov.wales/node/51399/respond-online