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Waste producers: 10 most common waste management situations

 11th Nov 2022

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 must manage.

These are doubts that the TEIMAS team deals with on a daily basis, as a company focused since 2008 on the development of technological solutions that improve traceability and document management of waste.

Our experience in waste regulations led us to publish in 2021 a Guide aimed at companies that produce waste during the execution of their productive activity. After the entry into force of the Waste Law 7/2022 we offer you an updated version of the guide, adapted to the latest regulatory changes in Spain.

In three chapters (divided into three separate documents), this practical guide reviews the Basic concepts (part 1), the Current regulations (part 2) and the Obligations for regulatory compliance (part 3) that you need to know if you deal with waste management in your company.

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

  1. Complex legislation and ambiguous interpretations: Spanish waste legislation is made up of basic legislation and various implementing regulations approved by the different autonomous communities. For this reason, waste management is complicated if the operations of the producing company are carried out in a geographical area that includes different autonomous communities.
  2. Administrations with different interpretations: as indicated in the previous point, each Spanish community approves its own development regulations. Thus, different speeds of adaptation to regulatory changes and different methods of management and processing of environmental documentation for shipments coexist within the Spanish territory. An example of this is, for example, the coexistence of various regional platforms with the Ministry's e-SIR platform, mandatory as from September 1, 2022.
  3. Lack of specialized training: the lack of training on waste document management can lead to errors in the preparation and/or receipt of regulatory documentation (such as the creation of incomplete documentation or the use of outdated formats).
  4. Digitization of waste document management: in order to make progress in its waste policy, Spanish regulations already oblige all those involved in waste shipment operations to process documentation through digital platforms (e-Sir and/or regional platforms).
  5. Difficulty in characterizing the waste generated.
  6. Significant administrative overload: with the entry into force of the Waste Law 7/2022, the responsibility of producers for everything related to the waste they generate (chronological archiving, document management, annual declarations, etc.) has increased.
  7. Increasingly demanding business strategies in terms of sustainability: to successfully advance in their sustainability, circular economy or zero waste strategies, companies need to have detailed information on the waste generated during their activity. This data will make it possible to make better business decisions, obtain certifications (such as ISO 14001, EMAS, Zero Waste, etc.), prepare non-financial reports and avoid violations.
  8. Regulations tightening the control of waste traceability: according to the new Waste Law 07/2022, the initial producer or other waste holder is obliged to ensure the proper treatment of its waste. To this end, he can carry out the treatment of the waste himself, subject to administrative authorization, or he can entrust the treatment to an authorized dealer or manager, to a public or private waste collection entity. In any case, these obligations must be documented.
  9. Complex consolidation of waste data: in organizations with different production centers and external collaborators, compiling and homogenizing information on the waste generated by the company can be a complex task. This hinders regulatory compliance and the promotion of effective sustainability strategies within organizations.
  10. Great difficulty in calculating the impact that the company's waste management has on its carbon footprint

Do you need more information about waste management in large corporations? In the “Guide for waste producers” (in Spanish), elaborated by TEIMAS team, we answer the main doubts about the legal obligations of waste producing companies.

We also inform you about our specialized software for waste management in large corporations.