Legal requirements for commercial on-site waste management
The Commercial Wastes Ordinance (Gewerbeabfallverordnung, GewAbfV) outlines the on-site waste management requirements for businesses. The Ordinance came into force on 1 August 2017 and has been amended several times since, most recently tightening the rules and expanding the requirements for producers and owners of commercial waste (Sections 3 para. 1 and 3, Section 4(a) GewAbfV). Under the Ordinance, reusable waste must be collected and sorted in order to extract substances that are as pure as possible. Homogenous sorting is the key to efficient recycling and therefore helps reduce the volume of non-recyclable waste. This increases the effort required of companies for sorting, recycling and documenting waste. Existing waste management concepts must be revised to comply with the law, which is sometimes unclear and ambiguous. Many companies are simply not familiar with the legal details and risk being fined.
GewAbfV compliant with Noventiz
Experts with specialist knowledge and many years of experience are increasingly needed to help businesses be compliant with the GewAbfV.
That’s why Noventiz has set up a dedicated service for businesses. Starting with an analysis of the site, we evaluate the waste management situation in detail. Based on our evaluation, we work with your waste management officer to optimise the concept for raw and residual material management. Ultimately, clean separation and collection of individual extracted substances can help reduce costs while giving you the opportunity to turn residual material into reusable material.
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Analyse your waste management in 3 steps
Over many years, Noventiz has developed a process to support businesses with implementing their obligations under the Commercial Wastes Ordinance (GewAbfV). The result is a 3‑step process:
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Frequently asked questions about on-site waste management
Section 56 para. 2 of the Circular Economy Act (KrWG), the implementation of the European Directive 2008/98/EC, provides a definition of a certified waste management company. For a company to obtain certification, it must meet specific requirements and have particular skills. Requirements include reliability, special expertise on the part of the business owner and staff, suitable technical equipment and the obligation to document all waste management activities. A business may perform a number of different activities, each of which is subject to strict regulations, and audited and certified separately. These activities include collection, transport, storage, treatment, reuse, trade and brokering of waste.
A certified waste management company is a reliable partner who is subject to specific regulations and is regularly audited and re-certified. This certification makes it easy to recognise a reliable service provider for waste management.
The amended version of the Waste Management Officer Ordinance (Abfallbeauftragtenverordnung, AbfBeauftrV) came into force in June 2017. It clearly defines which organisations must appoint a waste officer. These include landfills, hospitals and clinics, as well as producers and distributors who take back specific amounts of sales packaging or transport packaging per year. For a complete list of all companies that are required to appoint a waste officer, see the Waste Management Officer Ordinance (in German).
A waste officer is a proven expert who is responsible for monitoring waste – from its creation to its recycling or disposal – within a company (Section 9 AbfBeauftrV). The law permits the appointment of an external expert (Section 5 AbfBeauftrV).
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We’re happy to help you comply with legal requirements. Noventiz is a reliable partner and a certified waste management company. Our experienced specialists already act as external waste officers for a range of customers. Simply book a free consultation with us.