Hazardous Waste – Waste Manager
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If hazardous waste (except asbestos cement) is to be collected and/or treated by a legal person or if the person collecting or treating the waste fails to furnish proof that she/he herself/himself has the necessary technical know-how and skills, a full-time employee must be appointed as waste manager ("abfallrechtliche Geschäftsführerin/abfallrechtlicher Geschäftsführer"). The appointment requires a permit.
The authority must be notified of the termination of the appointment of the waste manager.
It is permitted to appoint several waste managers with clearly defined fields of activity.
Enterprises where hazardous waste (except asbestos cement) is to be collected and/or treated by a legal person or where the person collecting or treating the waste fails to furnish proof that she/he herself/himself has the necessary technical know-how and skills.
Only those persons can be appointed as waste managers that
- are reliable with respect to the activity to be carried out and have the technical know-how and skills required for the collection and treatment of the wastes for which the permit is granted;
- satisfy the requirements of a responsible person in charge ("verantwortliche Beauftragte/ verantwortlicher Beauftragter") as set out in section 9 of the Verwaltungsstrafgesetz 1991 (VStG); and
- is in a position to act accordingly at the enterprise.
The waste manager is legally responsible for ensuring that the activity is carried out in a technically proper manner and is responsible for compliance with waste legislation including waste permits.
There are no specific time limits.
In cases where an appointed waste manager leaves, deadlines must be observed (see additional information). The authority must be notified of the termination of the appointment.
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The application for the permit concerning the appointment of the waste manager must be filed with the competent body. Using in particular the documents provided, the latter checks whether the requirements for the appointment of the concrete person as waste manager have been fulfilled and decides on the issue by official notice.
The application for the granting of the permit for the collection and/or treatment of hazardous waste and the application concerning the appointment of the waste manager can also be filed together.
For the appointment: Proof of the fulfilment of the requirements.
Costs and fees
Costs depend on various ordinances on levies and fees. It is recommendable to gather more detailed information from the competent authority beforehand.
If the waste manager leaves the enterprise, the person holding the permit must, without delay, notify to the competent authority, appoint a new waste manager and apply for the corresponding permit. If this appointment and the application are not carried out within three months, the activity has to be stopped.
No expert information is available.
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