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New recycling law proposed in Wales

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 09:35:11

A new piece of legislation could result in various Welsh organisations being forced to separate materials for recycling, according to BBC News.

The current recycling rate for businesses is just 38 per cent in Wales but ministers are looking to improve this significantly and a change in the law is seen as the most effective way of achieving this goal.

Politicians are also keen to expand the initiative, which charges people for any plastic bags they wish to procure when shopping, meaning that bags for life will also be covered.

This new bill has been in development since 2012 and will be ratified in 2016, with businesses, schools and even hospitals coming under increased scrutiny for their recycling activities.

The idea is that these organisations will need to separate out cardboard, food, wood and plastic waste products into distinct bins, rather than bundling them all in together, prior to collection.

The new sorting and separation scheme will come into force by 2017, while the longer term target of the initiative is to help Wales as a whole to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 80 per cent, by the year 2050.

Ministers are particularly keen to reduce the amount of food waste which people simply dump down the drain. Doing so can create serious sewerage issues, including a build up of fat deposits which can clog pipes and lead to extensive costs, let alone the environmental damage.

Within the next decade, the government is hoping to bring the amount of materials recycled from household and business waste to 70 per cent, indicating that there is still quite a climb to make from current levels. But setting high targets and introducing new legislation will be the only way to make a real difference.




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