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Tips and advice for businesses

Here are some ideas on how to cut down the amount of recycling and waste your business creates:

  • Reduce the amount of junk mail you get by signing your business up to the Mail Preference Service​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window
  • Have visible and clearly labelled recycling points for customers and staff.
  • Organise a collection for mixed recycling – this is the easiest way to recycle.
  • Packaging and plastic bags: Don't over-package take away items or anything you send by post.  Reuse materials such as cardboard boxes, packaging and envelopes and ask you supplier for reusable, recyclable or recycled packaging. Create your own packaging from shredded newspaper and convert scrap paper into note paper.
  • Encourage your customers to use their own bags instead of supplying plastic carrier bags.
  • Food and drink: Avoid using disposable cups and cutlery for staff and customer drinks and buy serviettes made from recycled material. Avoid using individual sachets of sauces, serve in reusable containers. Refill glass jugs of water instead of selling plastic bottles. Provide a recycling point and food caddy if necessary for your staff and customers to recycle their waste.
  • Printing: Print only when necessary and print double-sided to save paper. Use emails instead of posting letters or sending memos and reuse clean sides of used paper for internal printing. Recycle toner and inkjet cartridges. Have paper recycling stations next to photocopiers and printers.
  • Repair or reuse furniture, IT equipment and mobile phones where possible or donate to charity. Read about how to donate furniture and getting rid of bulky items 
  • Compost your food waste
  • Recycle cooking oil
  • Recycle glass
  • Use concentrated cleaning agents in refillable containers.
  • Write an internal policy on sustainability​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window , especially if you have a high staff turnover.

    Useful links

    The Central Government website​​​​​Link opens in a new window has more information about business and commercial rubbish, including electrical rubbish and your storage duties. 

    The Environment Agency​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window has more information about your legal responsibilities as a business to deal with rubbish and recycling.

    Waste Awareness Wales​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window has regular updates and news about recycling and reducing rubbish in Wales, as well as the latest campaigns and advice.

    Read our Supplementary Planning Guidance for Waste collections and storage (1.35mb PDF)​​​​​Link opens in a new window  for information on how commercial businesses should store waste.

    Contact us for advice

    For advice on all aspects of business rubbish and recycling you can contact us.