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The Business of Recycling

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New regulations will soon require your business to separate recyclable materials from your general waste.

You have until 31st March 2025 to get ready, unless you're a smaller business with fewer than ten full-time employees, in which case you'll have until 31st March 2027.

This includes:

  • Glass such as drinks bottles and rinsed empty food jars
  • Metal such as drinks cans and food tins
  • Plastic such as rinsed empty food containers and bottles
  • Paper such as old newspapers and envelopes
  • Cardboard such as delivery boxes and packaging
  • Food leftovers or waste generated by food preparation
Glass bottles
Metal cans
Plastic bottles
Waste paper
Food waste

It’s compulsory for businesses to arrange a separate collection of these materials, so they can be recycled efficiently.

Not sure where to start? That’s what this guide is for!

Tell us about your business to get tailored advice on how to improve your current waste collection and ensure your business is fully compliant with the new regulations.  

Just looking to optimise your waste collection?

Use our business waste calculator to find out more about how you can save money by recycling.  

Communication resources to promote recycling in the workplace

We have created a suite of downloadable resources that can be used to help you promote recycling.

View Resources
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Any questions head over to our Frequently Asked Questions for the answers to all your questions about implementing recycling in your business.