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Certification as Waste Management Company according to EfbV

Approved Waste Management Company Certificate: More orders through certified competency

These days, private individuals, industrial companies and many other organisations are thinking more about the environment and about better means of waste disposal. By gaining certification in waste management, companies working in the waste disposal field can build trust in their services and secure orders from customers. Certification signals that an independent assessment of your company has been performed and that your operations are legally compliant.

The certification is based on the German Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act (KrWG) alongside the Ordinance on Specialised Waste Management Companies (EfbV). These specify all the requirements for facilities which collect, transport, store, process, recycle, dispose of, broker or trade in waste.

All the requirements named in the EfbV ordinance regarding the organisation, the equipment and the activity itself, and also the requirements regarding the reliability and expert knowledge of the owner of the facility and his employees must be implemented.

Benefits of EfbV certification

  • Customer acceptance based on neutral evidence of your authority and competence according to EfbV
  • Acquisition of new customers: large-scale waste generators, such as tradesmen and industrial companies, do not place orders with non-certified suppliers
  • Competitive advantages with procedural privileges: 
  • Certified facilities are exempted from the need for a separate permit for collection, transfer, brokering and trading with hazardous waste (§ 54 (3) KrWG)
  • Simpler documentation or relief from documentation requirements for hazardous waste

Certification with TÜV NORD

The basis for certification is the conclusion of a monitoring agreement for performance of a certification audit, along with annual surveillance audits and additional unannounced on-site audits.

One option is to begin certification with a voluntary preliminary audit, when an auditor will visit your facility and record its current status and perform a document review.

Such a preliminary assessment of certifiability is obligatory if permission is to be sought from the relevant authority (Düsseldorf Regional Administration). After the permission has been granted, the certification audit is carried out, and your facility is assessed and evaluated. The assessment and evaluation are based on: 

  • The documents you have submitted
  • The on-site audit
  • The audit report

If the results are satisfactory, you will receive the certificate. In order to ensure that quality is maintained, and there are also annual assessments in the form of surveillance audits.

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