A waste audit is a specialized environmental study useful for characterizing the quantities and types of waste generated by an economic operator. A waste audit consists of the systematic, documented, periodic and objective evaluation of the performance of a management system and of waste management processes, in order to facilitate the control of waste management and the recovery of generated waste. A waste audit also serves to evaluate whether national or internal environmental rules and policies are observed, including whether objectives have been achieved, as well as the performance of the audited company in preventing and/or reducing waste generated from its activities.
What are the main chapters a Waste Audit includes?
Generally, a Waste Audit Report includes the following chapters: introduction, general information, description of activities, waste types, description of waste generating activities/processes, waste management (types, storage methods, disposal/recovery methods, legislative non-conformities, estimation of waste quantities, assessment of actual quantities, waste management and estimation of the costs associated with waste management. A waste prevention and minimisation plan based on the results of a waste audit may include: additional minimisation measures, reuse and recovery objectives, proposed deadlines for implementing a waste prevention and minimisation plan, proposed indicators to be monitored, self-assessment, etc.
Waste Audit – Regulations
The following regulations in force concerning waste management are taken into account when developing a Waste Audit:
- Government Emergency Ordinance no. 195/2005 on environmental protection, approved with its modifications and completions by Law no. 265/2006, with its subsequent modifications and completions;
- Law no. 211/2011 concerning waste management - Republished, with its subsequent modifications and completions;
- Government Decision no. 856/2002 concerning record books of waste management and the approval of the waste list, including hazardous waste, with its subsequent modifications and completions;
- Government Decision no. 1061/2008 concerning the transport of hazardous and non-hazardous waste on the territory of Romania;
- Law no. 249/2015 concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste;
- Government Emergency Ordinance no. 196/2005 concerning the Environmental Fund;
- Ministry Order no. 794/2012 concerning the procedure for reporting data on packaging and packaging waste.
Waste Audit with Auditeco GES
The AUDITECO GES experts are qualified to prepare waste audits in compliance with the internationally acknowledged audit practices and they support the client organizations by working together with their representatives in order to develop and implement viable programs for preventing and reducing the generated waste quantities.
The main sources of information used in the preparation of a Waste Audit Report are:
- Relevant documents and information made available by the beneficiary (i.e.: contracts concluded with authorized economic operators for waste recovery/disposal);
- Correspondence with environmental authorities and/or minutes of inspections issued by environmental authorities;
- Visual observations made during the site visit;
- Public documents.
Waste audits can help determine the efficiency of a company by monitoring trends or can even help the company reduce expenses. The waste audit can make an activity more efficient by:
- Reducing expenses with raw materials;
- Reducing the risks associated with non-compliance with relevant laws and regulations, by avoiding the sanctions and surcharges imposed by the competent authorities;
- Making the contracts concluded with third parties more efficient in terms of waste recovery;
- Helping to efficiently reuse waste generated in production flows;
- Reducing the expenses generated by waste disposal, by directing waste to recovery facilities.