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Simpler recycling: Getting your business ready for the new waste management legislation with Ellgia

Simpler Recycling

Is your business ready for Simpler Recycling?

We stand on the eve of a significant change to the way all businesses need to think about waste management.  

As you may have heard, we are about to see a marked evolution in UK waste regulation as the Government seeks to embed sustainable business practices to further support the UK’s drive towards Net Zero, and we're here to help not only advising our customers with compliance but also striving to ensure we have a positive impact on the planet with every collection we make. 

What does Simpler Recycling mean to your business?

Simpler Recycling - What You Need to Know

In response to upcoming UK legislation changes, it's crucial for businesses to adapt to new waste management practices.

Simpler Recycling mandates a new approach starting 31st March 2025 for most businesses, with a later deadline of 31st March 2027 for micro enterprises.

This legislation requires separate collections for dry recyclables and food waste, ensuring compliance and enhancing sustainability.

Full details on what these changes entail and how they affect your business are available on GOV.UK, but we lay out below what it means for businesses in our region. 

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In addition to the Simpler recycling legislation, there are other upcoming changes; here is what these mean for Businesses and organisations


Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Coming into effect in October 2025, the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) makes producers accountable for the entire lifecycle of their products' packaging. This policy covers the costs associated with collecting, sorting, recycling or disposing of packaging. Understanding EPR is crucial for producers to plan ahead and ensure compliance.

Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

Set to launch by October 2025, the DRS aims to capture at least 90% of recyclable drink containers. This scheme involves a small deposit paid at the time of purchase, which is refunded upon the return of the empty container. Retailers will play a significant role, often requiring infrastructure changes to accommodate return points.

Drinks packaging

Emission Trading Scheme and landfill bans

Starting in 2028, waste incineration emissions will be included in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), marking a significant shift in the industry. Additionally, England will ban the landfilling of organic waste by 2028. These regulations will impact how businesses manage their waste disposal and require strategic planning to adapt to the new standards.

For smaller businesses

By 31st March 2027, In early 2027  micro-firms (businesses with fewer than 10 full-time equivalent employees) must recycle all recyclable waste streams, except garden waste. Additionally, the collection of plastic film from all properties will begin. Businesses seeking to ensure compliance ahead of this time are encourage to chat to the Ellgia team, who will be able to provide all the support and guidance you'll need. 


How Ellgia can help

At Ellgia, we provide comprehensive support to help your business comply with these new regulations. Our services include:


Customised waste collection solutions

Tailored services to meet your business's specific needs, including various container options for different types of recyclable and non-recyclable waste.


Proactive Customer Engagement

Our team will proactively reach out to ensure that you understand the changes and how they affect your operations. We're here to guide you through the transition smoothly.


Consultation and compliance support

Unsure about how the changes impact your business? Our experts are ready to assist. Contact us for a detailed consultation and explore how we can help you achieve compliance.


Our commitment, by Jack Lavington, Managing Director at Ellgia

"At Ellgia, we're fully committed to ensuring that our clients not only meet these new standards but also contribute positively to our collective environmental efforts. We're dedicated to supporting your transition to these new practices, ensuring it is seamless and effective.

"Together, we're fostering a culture of sustainability that will benefit both our community and the planet for future generations."


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