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New waste requirements in Spain

Starting September 1, 2021, the collection of waste – currently regulated by Royal degree 553/2020 – will be regulated using an electronic procedure as is established by the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic (MITERD). This change in process results in new waste requirements for waste.

Affected by this regulation are all companies which are producing waste or managing waste collections in terms of WEEE and batteries. No distinction is made whether this is in the facility of the producer or at a collection point. Nuancing, the organization who orders the waste collection is the owner of the waste and will be held responsible for the requirements. The main requirement is described in this article.

Producer or the holder of waste?

To clarify the obligated party: When the location where battery waste is produced uses a collection method of a compliance scheme – for instance a collection box – the compliance scheme will be the owner of the waste and therefore responsible for the requirements as stated below.

In case the battery waste is collected directly from the producer of the waste , the producer of the waste will be responsible for the requirements and is obligated to provide the treatment contract.

Treatment contract

The owner of the waste is to have a signed agreement with the manager of the waste treatment facility. This contact states that the manager will, after the waste has been accepted, treat the waste accordingly. In addition to a treatment contract, an identification document is needed to correctly identify the waste during the shipment.

The information which is needed to provide the documents includes: the NIMA – the environmental identification number assigned to each location producing hazardous waste - and the CNEA – the business activity identification number - numbers form the holder of the waste or from the facility where the waste is collected.

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Source: Recyclia

23 Aug 2021 at 9:12 am
2 min
Published by:
Roos Mijnen
Environmental Compliance Specialist
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