Island Upcycling Recycling Storage Solutions

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  • Local Authority

    Working with The Vale of Glamorgan, we sited 36 recycling benches on a whole road, there was an issue with storage of the recycling bags which lead to a litter problem, now with the benches all is so much better.

  • Camping. and Holiday Homes

    Recycling your waste in an area you're not used to can be a problem, which can lead to an increase of Land Fill waste, with good labelling it makes life a lot easier, plus it reduces your carbon foot print.

  • Indoor Seating

    We have just installed seating into a fantastic business in Barry, creating lovely seating plus lots of storage space, the timber gives a lovely look as well as being practical.

  • The Welsh Government is implementing new regulations that will impact businesses, the public sector, and charities in Wales.

    Effective from 6 April 2024

    The Welsh Government is implementing new regulations that will impact businesses, the public sector, and charities in Wales.

    These regulations are designed to enhance the quality and quantity of recycling across the country, aligning with Wales’ and the UK’s commitment to achieving zero waste and reducing carbon emissions by 2050.

    What is the New Recycling Policy?

    The new regulations will require all workplaces to separate recyclable materials in the same way that most householders do now. 

    Gone are the days of putting everything in the general waste bin or all your recycling in a mixed recycling bin. Now, you have to separate your discarded materials into individual containers.

    Who Will Be Affected?

    These regulations will apply to:

    1. All workplaces, including businesses, public sector organisations, and charities.
    2. Waste collectors and processors who handle household-like waste from workplaces.

    What Materials Need to Be Separated and Collected?

    Workplaces are required to separate and collect the following materials:

    1. Food waste for premises producing more than 5kg of food waste weekly.
    2. Paper and card.
    3. Glass.
    4. Metal, plastic, cartons, and similar packaging materials.
    5. Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
    6. Unsold textiles.

    Putting these materials in a single waste bin is not allowed. Each category must be kept separate from the others.

    What Forms of Waste Disposal Are Banned?

    The new regulations also introduce bans on:

    1. Sending food waste to sewers.
    2. Sending separately collected waste to incineration or landfills (with exceptions for most textiles, excluding unsold textiles).
    3. Sending wood waste to landfills.

    Special Rules for Food Waste

    For premises producing more than 5kg of food waste weekly, the new regulations require the separation and recycling of food waste.

    This applies to establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, canteens, and more.

    Food waste should not be disposed of in general waste, landfill, sewers, and macerators (or similar technologies) for disposing of food waste are not allowed.

    How Will it be Enforced and What are the Penalties

    Enforcement of these regulations will be overseen by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), which will ensure correct separation and collection of materials and compliance with the bans on incineration and landfill.

    Local authorities will oversee the ban on food waste going to sewers.

    Non-compliance with the law could result in fines for workplaces.

    Responsibility for Compliance

    It is the responsibility of all workplaces in Wales to follow the new law, whether they own, lease, rent, or temporarily occupy the premises.

    The occupiers of workplaces must ensure the proper separation of recyclable materials for collection.

    In cases of shared locations with multiple workplaces, each organisation is individually responsible but may need to coordinate with the landlord or facilities manager for a central recycling system.

    How Your Business Can Prepare

    The new regulations will become effective on 6 April 2024. To prepare, consider the following actions:

    1. Engage with your recycling and waste collector to ensure they can collect separated recycling.
    2. Examine the waste generation in your workplace and identify opportunities for waste reduction and reuse.
    3. Evaluate the types and quantities of recycling containers needed both indoors and outdoors.
    4. Educate and inform your staff about the new law and encourage their cooperation.
    5. Ensure accessible recycling bins for all customers and staff.
    6. Prioritise staff health and safety regarding waste storage and handling.
    7. Understand the “Duty of Care” regulations regarding waste management.

    Further Support and Guidance

    The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Welsh Government will provide additional information and resources to help workplaces prepare for the changes.

    This support includes examples from other workplaces, guides for specific sectors, webinars, and downloadable communication resources like bin signs and posters.

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