The Workplace Recycling Regulations were approved by the Senedd on the 28 November and will come into force on 6 April 2024. This represents a significant next step on Wales’ journey as a world-leading recycling nation and is a critical action to tackle the climate and nature emergency, and make progress towards a stronger, greener economy as committed to within our Programme for Government.

The regulations will mean that all business, public and third sector workplaces will be required to separate key recyclable materials in the same way households already do across most of Wales. This will reduce the amount of waste we send to incineration and landfill and increase the quality and quantity of recyclable materials we collect from workplaces. This will in turn capture important materials to be put back into the Welsh economy as well as improving the consistency of how we collect and manage recycling.

The Separate Collection of Waste Materials for Recycling: a Code of Practice for Wales (‘the Code’) which sets out practical guidance on how to comply with the new law has also been published.

If you would like to read the Ministerial Statement, which includes a link to the Code of Practice, you can do so here: Written Statement: Making the Workplace Recycling Regulations and publication of the Code of Practice (4 December 2023) | GOV.WALES

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About Eirlys Jones

Eirlys is the Commercial Director at North Wales Tourism and can be contacted at or connect with her on LinkedIn you can also follow her on Twitter @EirlysJones5