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Commercial waste collections Wales

On 6 April 2024, the Welsh Government introduced new regulations requiring businesses to separately store and arrange for the disposal of the following six waste streams:

  • Food waste
  • Paper and Card
  • Glass
  • Metal, plastics and cartons
  • Textiles
  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment

Here, we’ll explore the most popular commercial waste collections  that adhere to these new regulations:

<h2>Commercial recycling Wales</h2>

Commercial recycling Wales

The recent changes in Welsh waste regulations continue to permit mixed recycling collections of plastic bottles, aluminium cans, and recyclable cartons. Commercial dry mixed recycling offers a convenient solution for recycling everyday items generated by small businesses across Wales.

<h3>Commercial food waste Wales</h3>

Commercial food waste Wales

Welsh waste regulations strictly prohibit food waste disposal into the sewers or at local landfill sites. Instead, commercial food waste collections transport the collected food waste to local composting or anaerobic digestion facilities, transforming it into green biogas and agricultural fertiliser.

<h3>Commercial cardboard recycling Wales</h3>

Commercial cardboard recycling Wales

As a sparsely populated country, Wales sees local businesses heavily reliant on e-commerce deliveries for basic office supplies, resulting in significant volumes of cardboard packaging waste. Commercial cardboard recycling services in Wales offer dedicated cardboard bins and a low-cost collection service.

<h3>Commercial glass recycling Wales</h3>

Commercial glass recycling Wales

Welsh businesses that dispose of bottles and jars are required to store these in a separate commercial waste bin and arrange for a commercial glass recycling collection. Glass recycling services are offered by all the Welsh council and private waste providers in Wales.

<h3>Commercial textiles collections in Wales</h3>

Commercial textiles collections in Wales

Welsh waste regulations mandate that unsold new textiles must be disposed of separately.

These items are ideally suited for reuse by charities, such as Collect My Clothes Wales. For more information, please refer to our comprehensive guide on recycling in the textiles and clothing sector.

<h3>Commercial electronic waste disposal in Wales</h3>

Commercial electronic waste disposal in Wales

There are several options for Welsh businesses to dispose of IT equipment securely. Here are trusted commercial electronic waste collection providers serving different parts of Wales:

Commercial waste collection providers in Wales

Wales is a vast country with many businesses in rural areas like Snowdonia National Park and the Gower Peninsula.

According to Welsh waste legislation, these businesses must arrange and pay for commercial waste collections for general waste and six different recycling types. However, providers’ options are often limited.

Our waste experts have prepared this guide on commercial waste options for Welsh businesses to assist. The primary choice for business owners is between a council-provided service and one of the following trusted private waste providers:

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Biffa</a></h3>


Biffa is the UK’s largest commercial waste provider, offering comprehensive commercial waste collection services throughout Wales. In Wales, Biffa employs more than 80 team members and collected over 1.4 million tonnes of waste last year.

Serves: All of Wales

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Smiths</a></h3>


Smiths provides regular commercial waste collection services throughout South Wales, including Newport and Cardiff. Established in 1982, Smiths has become the region’s most prominent independent collector of trade waste.

Serves: South Wales

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gaskells</a></h3>


Gaskells is a recycling-led waste management company founded in Liverpool. Known for its innovative approach to delivering environmentally friendly waste services, Gaskells is recognised as a certified carbon-neutral organisation.

Serves: North Wales, Mid Wales and Anglesey

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ash Waste Services</a></h3>

Ash Waste Services

Ash Waste Services is a leading provider of commercial waste services, boasting over 35 years of experience in delivering effective, ethical, and excellent value collections. Its expanding service area in Wales centres around its depot in Wrexham.

Serves: North East Wales

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Veolia</a></h3>


Veolia is a major national waste provider, offering comprehensive coverage for regular business recycling and waste collections to 90% of the UK. Veolia operates commercial waste depots in Cardiff in South Wales and Holyhead in North Wales.

Serves: All of Wales

<h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SL Recycling</a></h3>

SL Recycling

SL Recycling offers South Wales and Bristol businesses a comprehensive waste management solution. SL Recycling operates from a waste transfer station in Ystrad Mynach and a materials recovery facility in Pontypool.

Serves: Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Pontypool and South East Wales.

Commercial waste collection with local Welsh councils

Companies owning properties in Wales contribute to local services through business rates. Unfortunately, these services do not include business waste collection.

Welsh businesses must arrange and finance their own commercial waste collection services.

Most of Wales’s 22 unitary and borough councils provide a commercial waste service for a fee in addition to their complimentary domestic waste collections.

Our experts have compiled and provided links to the services offered by each local council:

Local council waste pageCommercial waste serviceOur full guide
Blaenau GwentNot currrently accepting customers
Bridgend Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Caerphilly Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Cardiff Yes - Business waste and recycling collectionsCardiff Commercial Waste Collections
Carmarthenshire None - directed to a private provider
Ceredigion Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Conwy Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Denbighshire Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Flintshire No commercial waste service
Gwynedd Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Isle of Anglesey No commercial waste service
Merthyr Tydfil Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Monmouthshire Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Neath Port Talbot Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Newport City No commercial waste serviceComing soon
Pembrokeshire Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Powys Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Rhondda Cynon Taf Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
City of Swansea Yes - Business waste and recycling collectionsSwansea Commercial Waste Collections
Torfaen Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Vale of Glamorgan Yes - Business waste and recycling collections
Wrexham No commercial waste service

💡The commercial waste prices set by local councils are often not competitive. We advise comparing your quote with those from national providers using our waste quote comparison service.

Commercial waste disposal Wales

Local authorities in Wales operate public recycling centres, but only some accept commercial waste.

💡Here’s our guide to what is classified as commercial waste.

Instead, we recommend relying on the following private waste transfer stations in Wales:

North Wales commercial waste disposal

South Wales commercial waste disposal

Waste regulations for Welsh businesses

On 6 April 2024, the Welsh Government introduced new commercial recycling regulations. These regulations aim to enhance the quality and quantity of non-domestic recycling in Wales.

The regulations address the common issue of cross-contamination in commercial dry mixed recycling, which complicates the recycling process.

Below, we summarise the new requirements of this piece of devolved waste legislation:

Separate Welsh commercial recycling collections

The law mandates that all businesses in Wales producing a mix of recyclable waste must segregate, store, and arrange for separate collections of:

  • Food waste (where businesses produce more than 5 Kg per week)
  • Paper and Card
  • Glass
  • Metal, plastics and cartons
  • Unsold Textiles
  • Unsold small waste electrical and electronic equipment

This means that any commercial property generating any of the above waste streams must use a separate commercial waste bin for its storage and collection.

The legislation advises that staff and contractors are provided with clear instructions on waste segregation and that waste containers are clearly labelled.

Banned Welsh commercial waste disposals

The new regulations prohibit Welsh businesses from disposing of waste in the following manners:

  • Disposing of food waste as trade effluent – Welsh businesses must not dispose of food waste into the sewerage systems managed by Welsh Water or Hafren Dyfrdwy.
  • Disposing of recyclable waste going to landfill – No recyclable waste streams (see categories above) can be sent to landfill.
  • Disposing of wood in landfill – Welsh businesses must not dispose of wood as part of general business waste sent to landfills.

Who does the commercial waste code of practice apply to?

The new Welsh commercial waste regulations apply to the occupants of non-domestic premises, including:

  • Businesses
  • Public sector organisations
  • Third sector (non-profits, charities etc.)

Welsh commercial waste penalties

The Commercial Waste Code of Practice for Wales, legally embedded within the Waste Separation Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2023, is binding.

Non-compliance with the requirements in this code constitutes an offence, with courts authorised to impose fines of up to an unlimited amount on companies.

The commercial waste providers operating in Wales, highlighted in this guide, are available to assist your business in complying with the new waste regulations.

Source: Separate Collection of Waste Materials for Recycling – A Code of Practice for Wales.

Beyond recycling – Wales’s circular economy aims and what they mean for businesses

Wales is already the highest-performing home nation in terms of recycling rates, achieving 65%—well above the average of less than 50% for the other nations. However, the ambition extends much further.

The Welsh Government’s “Beyond Recycling” initiative outlines plans to transition Wales into a Circular Economy.

The plan sets a goal for Wales to achieve the highest recycling rates in the world. It proposes eight key actions to assist businesses in reducing the environmental impact of their waste:

Our experts have summarised the key aspects of this plan impacting Welsh businesses:

  • Promoting business models that value resource conservation, such as leasing goods rather than selling them.
  • Encouraging the identification of value in waste materials for high-quality reuse in secondary markets.
  • Supporting the adoption of digital solutions and the effective use of data to shorten supply chains.
  • Fostering innovation in bioplastics and other solutions to reduce non-recyclable waste.
  • Implementing restrictions on the sale of single-use plastic items.
  • Preparing businesses for the introduction of a Plastic Packaging Tax.

For more detailed information, you can access the full plan published by the Welsh Government in 2021:

Source: Beyond Recycling – A strategy to make the circular economy in Wales a reality