Wales publishes guidance on separate collection of recyclable materials


Guidance has been published by the Welsh Government on the separate collection of materials for recycling.

From 1 January 2015, companies and organisations must separate paper, metal, plastic and glass for recycling across the UK where technically, environmentally and economically practicable.


As a result, the Welsh Government has decided to issue this guidance on its view that these materials should be collected separately in most circumstances.

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Welsh Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant (pictured) said: “I want it to be as simple as possible for everyone in Wales to recycle the four materials to a high quality, so we can continue to improve our recycling rates and continue to lead the way with the highest recycling rates in the UK.

“This guidance aims to support organisations that collect materials for recycling by focusing on high quality materials, because these will obtain a better price on the market. Growing Wales’ market for recycled materials can only benefit Welsh companies. This is why our overarching strategy, Towards Zero Waste, lays out a policy of separate collection for recyclable waste.”