Waste management in Spanish companies: the 10 most common problems in 2021 Waste management in Spanish companies: the 10 most common problems in 2021

Waste management in Spanish companies: the 10 most common problems in 2021


If you are a waste-producing company, you are probably wondering how the latest changes in environmental regulations affect you, if you are up to date with your legal obligations or what documents you need to manage.

These are questions that TEIMAS’ team deals with on a daily basis. This company focused since 2008 on developing technological solutions that improve traceability and document management of waste.

As experts in shipment regulations, TEIMAS has published in 2021 a “Guide for waste producers”, aimed at entities that generate waste during the execution of their productive activity.

In three chapters, this practical guide reviews the basic concepts, current regulations and compliance obligations that you need to know if you deal with waste management in your company.

Among the highlights of the guide are 10 situations that often affect teams responsible for waste management in waste producing companies:

  1. They are unaware of the legal obligations within a complex and changing legislative landscape, which varies depending on the territories in which the company operates.
  2. They have to deal with heterogeneous interpretations, different speeds of adaptation of waste regulations and different ways of sending mandatory information to the Competent Administrations.
  3. They have to coexist with different requirements and obligations depending on the territory in which the producer site operates.
  4. They have little training on the subject, which leads to frequent errors such as the preparation and receipt of incorrect regulatory documentation (missing data, formats that do not comply with the standard, etc.)
  5. They do not know how to characterise the waste generated.
  6. They have a significant administrative and documentation overload y de documentación (chronological archiving, document management, etc.), which is difficult to cope with.
  7. They need to control the traceability of the waste. With the entry into force of RD 553/2020, the control of traceability is tightened, as the producer centre is responsible for the final treatment of the waste, even if it sends it to an intermediate manager or warehouse.
  8. They face a high administrative cost when preparing annual declarations, activity summaries, inspections, internal and external audits (ISO 14001, EMAS, etc.)
  9. They work with different environmental tools and platforms: companies are forced to coexist with a multitude of tools and platforms with different functions and ways of access.
  10. They have to process documentation electronically and do not know how: as of 1 September 2021, the Ministry's platform (e-SIR) will be mandatory in certain Autonomous Communities that until now did not have their own platform, while others will update or create a specific platform for this purpose.

These situations can lead to infringements that can be sanctioned, as explained in the “Guide for waste producers” edited by the TEIMAS team.