Recycling management and waste law
Anyone engaged in product manufacturing is obliged to dispose of the accruing waste without harming the environment. A real challenge for these enterprises. For waste is as manifold as the provisions applicable to it.
European law especially stipulates a multitude of requirements for the use of certain basic materials. Companies frequently have to clarify difficult issues relating to the distinction between waste and by-products or between waste recycling and waste disposal.
There are special requirements for certain waste flows such as packaging, electrical devices, batteries, end-of-life vehicles and parts thereof, waste oil, waste containing PCB, animal by-products or bio-waste which are set out in separate ordinances.
We provide advice on all waste law issues, including product design and operational organization of waste disposal, drafting of indemnification, licensing and disposal agreements, planning and authorization of waste treatment plants such as recycling plants, incineration plants and landfills as well as biogas and compost plants. For the latter, we specifically take into account all aspects relating to bio-waste, hygiene and fertilizer law.
In addition, we support and assist companies in observing the ban of substances under the ElektroG (German Act on the putting into circulation, return and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment) and the requirements relating to product design and in registering with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte-Register (scrap devices register foundation), briefly referred to as “EAR”, and in the disposal of collected used appliances.