WREXHAM Council has confirmed brand new workplace recycling regulations are to begin this month (April 2024).

From April 6 2024 it will become law for all businesses, charities and public sector organisations in Wales to sort their waste for recycling.

This new law will also applies to all waste and recycling collectors and processors who manage household-like waste from workplaces.

Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Environment, said: “From 6 April 2024 all businesses in Wrexham will need to sort paper and card, glass, plastics, cartons and metals, and food when recycling.

"This new law is being introduced to improve the quality and quantity of how waste is collected and separated in Wales and you will need to make sure your organisation is preparing for the upcoming changes.”

What you need to know

In order to help businesses, public bodies, and the third sector to get up to speed with these changes, WRAP Cymru has put together a series of informative, sector-specific webinars.

The public are invited to watch as many webinars as you find relevant to your business, as some may overlap.

The webinars feature valuable insights from guest speakers sharing their experiences in implementing separate collections in their premises, giving practical guidance.

All webinars are available to watch here.

Re-cap on the changes

The following materials will need to be separated for collection, and collected separately:

  • Food

  • Paper and card

  • Glass

  • Metal, plastic and cartons

  • Unsold textiles

  • Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment (sWEEE)

  • There will also be a ban on:

  • Sending food waste to sewer (any amount)

  • Separately collected waste going to incineration and landfill

  • All wood waste going to landfill

You can mix paper and card together in the same container, and you can mix metal, plastic, and cartons together.

Who the law applies to

All businesses, charities and public sector organisations will need to separate their waste.

This includes:

  • Agricultural premises

  • Hospitality and tourism – restaurants, bars, pubs, bed and breakfasts, hotels, campsites and caravan parks, holiday accommodation, and licensed premises

  • Showgrounds

  • Service stations and petrol stations

  • Entertainment and sports venues including leisure centres

  • Transport – bus stations, railway stations, seaports, airports, and heliports

  • Care and nursing homes

  • Pharmacies, GP surgeries, dental surgeries, and other primary care settings

  • Construction sites

  • Factories and warehouses

  • Car garages

  • Education – universities, colleges, and schools

  • Garden centres

  • Heritage buildings

  • Libraries and museums

  • Offices and workshops

  • Places of worship

  • Prisons

  • Outdoor markets and festivals


The only workplace that has an additional two years to comply is NHS and private hospitals.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government's workplace recycling page.

Wrexham Council is also reminding residents to check household bin collections via their website where you can also sign up for 'collection reminders.'