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End of Waste Regulations

(EU) No 333/2011 and (EU) No 715/2013


In our role of body recognised under Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008, we can perform the regular checks and inspections specified by Regulation (EU) No 333/2011 on iron, steel and aluminium scrap and Regulation (EU) No 715/2013 on copper scrap.

What are the provisions of the End of Waste Regulations?
Community Directive 2008/98/EC specifies the criteria for achieving end-of-waste status subject to meeting four general conditions.

More specifically, the waste shall:
1.    be commonly used for specific purposes;
2.    have a market or demand;
3.    fulfil the technical requirements for the specific purposes and meet the existing legislation and standards applicable to products;
4.    not lead to overall adverse environmental or human health impacts following use.

What are the benefits of being certified by an independent body pursuant to Regulations (EU) No 333/2011 and (EU) No 715/2013?
It means that the producer/importer can move this scrap around anywhere within the European Union and unlike the handling of SRM (secondary raw materials), to be used exclusively in the metal producing industry of which the scrap has ceased to be waste, there is no longer any restriction on use and it can be treated like any other goods. This effectively amounts to deregulation in line with the market’s current requirements.

The new Regulations (EU) No 333/2011 and (EU) No 715/2013 apply from 9 October 2011 and 14 March 2013 and establish the procedures to be followed by scrap producers/dealers so that it can be classified as End of Waste.

Who is required to apply Regulations (EU) No 333/2011 and (EU) No 715/2013?
Everyone dealing in iron, steel, aluminium and copper scrap, whether producers (i.e. the holder who transfers scrap metal to another holder for the first time as scrap metal which has ceased to be waste) or importers (e.g. any natural or legal person who introduces scrap metal which has ceased to be waste into the customs territory of the Union).

What needs to be done in order to fulfil requirements?
The producer shall implement a quality management system that includes acceptance control of waste used, monitoring of the treatment processes and techniques, monitoring of the quality of the resulting scrap metal and effectiveness of the radiation monitoring:
 
  1. the producer shall have qualified staff to monitor and assess the properties of the scrap covered by the above-mentioned Regulations, including radiation monitoring;
  2. the producer shall apply to an accredited conformity assessment body pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 (such as Istituto Giordano) for a certificate of conformity to the above-mentioned Regulations(s);
  3. issue of the certificate is subject to passing a regular three-yearly inspection to ascertain compliance with the requirements specified by said Regulations (EU) No 333/2011 and/or (EU) No 715/2013).
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