Results from an extensive survey of Welsh business waste by the Environment Agency Wales (EAW) will shape plans for future facilities.
The Welsh Assembly Government-funded survey will examine the type and quality of waste produced by businesses and look at whether it was landfilled or recovered. It will also consider whether waste could be recycled and identify the main barriers to businesses reducing or recycling their waste.
Survey results will also be used to report to Europe and monitor progress on targets in the Wales Waste Strategy.
EAW director Chris Mills said: Forty percent of the waste produced in Wales comes from the business sector. It is crucial that businesses minimise the amount of waste produced and reduce the amount ending up in landfill sites. New waste facilities are needed to increase opportunities for firms to recycle their wastes.
We want businesses to use the information in the survey report to help them reduce the wastes they produce and to increase the amount of waste reused and recycled. This can minimise their waste disposal costs and reduce their environmental impact.
Information will be collected from 1,500 randomly selected businesses across both industrial and commercial sectors. Data gathering began in August and will continue until January 2009 and the final report will be available in April 2009.