Event waste and recycling guide


We all know the importance of recycling our waste but reducing and preventing waste are even more important. By doing a little research and planning you can make a big difference to the impact your event has on the environment and maybe even save money.

Any waste generated by an event is commercial waste. It should be transported by a licenced contractor and recycled or disposed of at a licensed facility. You must make sure whoever you give your waste to, is a registered waste carrier. When your waste is transferred, a waste transfer note must accompany it. Find out more about your duty of care.

From 6 April 2024, new Welsh Government rules will come into force. All non-domestic premises will need to separate recyclable materials from other waste. This includes events such as festivals, concerts and shows.

If you dispose of the event waste yourself, you must use a licensed facility such as Nantycaws Transfer Station, Carmarthen. A commercial recycling centre is available at that site. Private licensed sites can be found online, search for ‘waste transfer stations in my area’. You must be registered as a waste carrier or apply for an exemption if appropriate, to transport your waste. For more details visit Natural Resources Wales.