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Waste-producing companies: most common situations in the management of your waste

 14th Sep 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. Complex, changing legislation with ambiguous interpretations gets even more complicated if a production company operates in a geographical area that includes different Autonomous Communities.
  2. Administrations with different interpretations of the regulations, varying speeds in adapting to regulatory changes and different methods for managing and processing the environmental documentation for transfers (regional platforms, the Ministry's e-SIR platform, mandatory since September 1, etc.).
  3. DSpecialized training is not widely available, which can lead to errors, for example, in the preparation and/or receipt of regulatory documentation (documents with missing data, non-standard formats, etc.).
  4. The policy trend towards digitalization that will force all waste shipment operators to carry out all environmental documentation and procedures digitally.
  5. Difficulty in characterizing the waste generated.
  6. Significant administrative overload that, in the face of regulatory changes, will increase over time as producers’ responsibilities grow in everything related to the waste they generate (chronological records, document management, annual statements, etc.).
  7. Companies' strategies are increasingly demanding in terms of sustainability, circular economy, zero waste, etc. and they must improve control over their waste data to meet strategic targets, obtain certifications (ISO 14001, EMAS, Zero Waste, etc.) and prepare non-financial reports.
  8. Companies need to control waste traceability. With the entry into force of RD 553/2020, there is tighter control over traceability, as the producer site is responsible for the final treatment of the waste, even if sent to an intermediate manager or warehouse.
  9. Supplier reporting is heterogeneous, and it is very complicated to centralize and standardize the information for efficient and useful analysis.
  10. Great difficulty in calculating the impact of the company's waste management on its carbon footprint.

In the “Guide for waste producers” edited by the TEIMAS team, we provide answers to some of these situations that can even lead to sanctionable infringements.