Bristol Business Blog: Dan Peacey, regional sales manager, Grundon. The Grundon guide to simpler recycling

January 9, 2024

The government announced its Simpler Recycling scheme last October aimed at reforming the waste system in terms of collections and accepted materials.

These changes aim to dispel any confusion regarding recyclable and non-recyclable materials and provide consistency in recycling practices for homes, workplaces, and schools across England.

As we step into the new year, now is the perfect time to ensure your business is fully compliant with these regulations, setting the stage for a successful and responsible year ahead.

Summary of new rules

The rules come into force in April 2025 for larger organisations, while businesses with fewer than 10 full-time equivalent employees have until April 2027 to put the necessary measures in place.

The main requirement is the separation and recycling of all recyclable waste streams except garden waste. By the 2027 date, all businesses will need to separate plastic film as well.

One major consideration will be a strict ban on food waste in general waste bins. Mixing dry recyclables will be allowed – but businesses will need to have separate food waste collections in place regardless of the amount of food produced.

Suggested measures to ensure compliance

We recommend these steps to ensure that the recycling requirements are met:

  • Develop clear waste management procedures, including container guidelines, disposal frequency and coordination with waste collection services.
  • Educate employees on proper recycling practices, including identifying recyclable materials and appropriate sorting techniques.
  • Use clear signage and labelling systems to guide employees and customers to the correct bins for different waste streams.
  • Conduct regular waste audits to identify areas for improvement.
  • Partner with a waste provider that can offer expert advice on industry best practices.

Our advice

Smaller businesses in particular may find these stringent guidelines somewhat daunting to consider. However you should remember that micro-businesses have until 2027 to comply, so there’s no need to panic yet.

And a good waste management partner, such as Grundon, can really help. We can advise on minimising costs by recommending the most cost-effective solutions for bins and containers, and suggest how this investment and resulting efficiencies can actually save money in the long run by reducing waste output and disposal costs.

You should also beware of contract durations from your supplier and find a company with a reputation for good service.

We would suggest finding a provider that offers a partnership, rather than just a service. As the new regulations are introduced, expert advice will be as valuable as competent service delivery.

For resources and guidance, businesses should refer to the official government website as well as consulting with relevant authorities and waste management providers.

Of course, Grundon Waste Management is here to help, with a dedicated account manager based in Bristol. Feel free to contact us to find out more at or call 0117 982 6590.

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