Today's waste management challenges make the transboundary transport of waste an integral part of the economy. It is most often based on an information procedure in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006. Adequate documentation, especially the document in Annex VII of the aforementioned regulation, plays a key role. Why has waste transport become so important in recent years and what challenges does it pose for companies? The answers to these questions can be found below.
Information first and foremost
The information procedure in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 is an indispensable part of shipping waste across borders. However, the most important document in this process is the "Accompanying Document" of Annex VII. It contains detailed information about the waste and the shipment plan. This document plays a key role, both for the regulatory authorities and for the companies responsible for the transport. Importantly, it is the responsibility of the generator or holder of the waste to issue it.
Let the importance of the Annex VII document be evidenced by the fact that its absence can cause a number of problems. Among the most important are certainly:
- financial penalties - depending on the country in which the inspection revealed a lack of documentation, a separate tariff of penalties will apply. Importantly, these are most often imposed on both the driver involved in the waste shipment and the company that employs him or her
- cargo seizure - a frequently used precautionary measure. The load is stored in a designated place until the deficiencies in the documents are corrected. The seizure may also be due to technical defects in the vehicle that exclude it from further travel. In this case, the carriage can only continue after a replacement vehicle has been dispatched. The costs of storing the waste for the duration of the investigation are charged to the transport company.
- Obligation to return the waste to the generator/possessor - if the deficiency in the documentation cannot be remedied, the driver may be obliged to return the waste to its place of loading. This will, of course, be at the expense of the transport company
Increased importance of waste transport
In recent years, waste transport has undoubtedly become a key component of the economy, and several factors have contributed to its significant growth:
1) As companies become more global, the need to move waste to other countries becomes an inevitable necessity.
2) The increased interest in environmental protection has forced companies to manage waste more carefully, including its movement and disposal.
3) Waste transportation can be an integral part of recycling and processing processes, which are increasingly desirable from an environmental point of view.
4) The European Union regulates the shipment of waste by introducing procedures and regulations that must be followed by companies operating within its territory.
Professionalism and experience
In the face of increasingly complex regulations and procedures, it is important for companies to entrust waste transport to professionals. One of the leaders in this field is Ecologistics24. For more than a decade, we have been supporting companies from all over Europe with their waste shipments. We make sure they comply with regulations and minimise their environmental impact.