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Wales goes ahead with separation rules for businesses

The Welsh environment minister has confirmed that proposals requiring businesses to separate recyclable materials will become law next year.

The measure will be included in an Environment Bill, which is due to be laid before the Welsh Assembly in spring 2015.

Natural Resource Minister Carl Sargeant announced the move in a speech to the Senedd that highlighted the country’s positive recycling performance.

He said: “New laws requiring those who collect waste to collect paper, glass, plastics and metals separately, in order to achieve high quality recycling, come into effect on 1 January 2015.

“In the spring we shall be introducing proposals for further legislation that will require businesses and the public sector to separate their wastes. This will help to ensure a more circular economy for Wales so that the inherent financial value of waste materials is protected.”

The proposals were first put forward in a white paper submitted for consultation between October 2013 and January 2014.

The document said the Welsh government was considering requiring waste producers to separate their waste into separate streams of metal and plastic, glass, commingled paper and card, food waste, wood and a residual stream.

“Modelling carried out to support the development of these options indicates that this proposal is likely to produce the highest levels of recycling and economic benefits,” it said.

The white paper also noted the measure would not be implemented before January 2017.

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