Following the issue of EU Regulation 333/2011 – so-called “End of Waste” (EoW) – bearing “the criteria that determine when certain types of metal scrap cease to be considered waste pursuant to Directive 2008/98 / EC“, the European Community has defined the rules according to which the scrap of iron, steel and aluminum, including the scrap of aluminum alloys, can be considered “Non-Waste” and through the definition of correct recycling and recovery procedures, to be classified as “Secondary Raw Material (SRM)” or “New Product” in anticipation of their re-use.

As regards the E.o.W. of metal scrap, it is recalled that the provisions of the Regulation have been operational since 9 October 2011 and apply to all companies that carry out scrap metal recovery operations and not to the primary producers of such waste. To be able to generate products (ex-SRM) and non-waste, starting from 9 October 2011, all the plants, operating both with ordinary authorization and in simplified procedure, must comply with the provisions of the Regulation.

The main obligations of scrap metal producers, aimed at demonstrating compliance with the criteria set by the Community Regulation, concern:

the adoption of a quality management system that includes the control of the acceptance of the waste used, the monitoring of the processes and treatment techniques, the monitoring of the quality of the metal scrap obtained and the effectiveness of radiation monitoring
the preparation and systematic use of a declaration of conformity for the products generated by the recovery of waste (prepared for each batch of scrap and transmitted by the producer to the next holder)
the qualification and training of the personnel in charge of assessing and evaluating the characteristics of metal scrap, including radiometric surveillance
the request for the release of the Certificate of Conformity to the Regulation to a Body in charge of conformity assessment pursuant to Regulation (EC) no. 765/2008

The Quality Management System must be audited every three years by an independent third-party organisation.

ASACERT, as a Body recognised in accordance with Regulation (EC) n. 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, dated 9 July 2008, is among the Organisations that can issue the Attestation declaring that the company quality management system, prepared pursuant to Regulation (EU) No. 333/2011, complies with the requirements of the same.