Welsh Government to assess impact of new policy on business waste sector

Eunomia Research and Consulting has launched a study for the Welsh Government to assess the potential impacts of proposed new legislation on the competitiveness of companies involved in managing business waste across Wales.

The survey aims to understand how waste management businesses might be affected by several new policies designed to increase the amount of business waste that is recycled. The proposed policies will:

  • require non domestic waste producers (including businesses, charities and the public sector) to present several kinds of waste – paper/card, glass, plastic/cans, food, waste electronics and textiles – separately from one another, so that they can be collected for recycling;
  • require waste collectors to arrange for these materials to be collected separately;
  • ban the disposal of recyclable wastes to landfill;
  • ban the incineration of recyclable waste materials; and
  • ban the disposal of food waste to sewer from non-domestic premises.

The Welsh Government took powers to put these new requirements in place under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, and consulted on its plans in the autumn of 2019.

As part of this process, it is now trying to gain a full understanding of how waste management companies believe these changes might affect their competitiveness.

Views are being gathered through an online survey, which is being conducted by environmental consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting, who will also be contacting waste businesses to encourage them to participate.

Businesses can respond to the survey here. The survey closes at 5pm on the 13 March 2020.

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