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The 6 most important tasks of a waste officer

The waste officer plays an important role in the company, which has been significantly expanded by the new Commercial Waste Ordinance. He advises both employees and superiors on the topics of waste prevention and waste management. Which company has to appoint a waste officer, also known as a waste manager, is regulated by the Recycling Management Act (KrWG). The tasks of a waste officer relate to the entire waste management in the company. We have compiled the 6 most important tasks of a waste officer as well as useful tips from practice for you below.

1. Monitoring of waste management

The supervision of legally compliant waste management in the company is one of the main tasks of a waste officer. He is responsible for monitoring the entire route of the waste: from the creation or delivery of the waste to its recovery or disposal. In this context, the waste operations officer can monitor the provision of the necessary containers, the correct separation of waste and the collection and recycling of waste. In order to properly implement this extensive task and continuously optimize waste management in the company, it is important to take responsibility and work with foresight. The waste officer should identify new opportunities for improvement in the handling of waste and implement them in the company.

2. Ensure compliance with laws and regulations

Waste is strictly controlled and regulated by the federal government. On the one hand because improper handling of waste has fatal effects on the environment and people, on the other hand because the federal government wants to improve the recycling rate. It is the task of the waste officer to ensure that all legal requirements are met in the company.

In addition to the Recycling Act (KrWG), this also includes other regulations and laws on the topic of waste, such as the Commercial Waste Ordinance (GewAbfV) and the Packaging Act. It is the task of the waste officer to ensure compliance with these statutory ordinances. This applies to every company that generates waste. In the commercial waste ordinance, for example, the waste officer must ensure that the waste is collected separately. Within the framework of such laws, the waste officer must also regularly check all of the company's facilities and the waste managed there. If he notices any deficiencies, he must record them and notify those responsible. This also includes suggestions for remedying such deficiencies.

3. Train employees

The success of corporate waste management is also largely dependent on the employees' knowledge of waste and recyclable materials. In addition, it is up to the waste management officer to inform employees about impairments that may arise from the company's waste and / or its waste management activities and thus harm both the environment and people. The waste management officer must also provide information about possibilities and concrete measures how such impairments could be prevented.

4. Further development of operational waste management

New processes and technologies are continuously being developed and used, both in production and in waste management. In order to continuously improve the recycling rate in the company, the waste management officer should therefore continuously look for environmentally friendly and, above all, low-waste processes. This also includes reducing the generation of waste in the company, e.g. by promoting the economical use of resources. However, the waste officer must also initiate processes for the recovery and disposal of operational waste and its further development. The same applies to processes for reuse, recycling or the environmentally friendly disposal of waste. One of the tasks of the waste officer is also to actively participate in such further developments. Here, the waste management officer must pay particular attention to bringing the waste management perspective into account.

5. Participation in optimizations

In particular in the case of operational plants in which waste is generated, recycled or disposed of, the waste officer should keep an eye out for process improvements. He should play a key role in specific optimization measures, because in such cases the company benefits greatly from the expertise of the waste management officer.

6. Reporting

The issue of waste is heavily regulated both in waste management and in companies. In addition, technologies and processes are constantly evolving and thus continuously offer opportunities for optimization in line with the updated laws and regulations.

The Recycling Management Act (KrWG) stipulates that a waste officer must submit an annual report to the management on the disposal situation in the company as well as on the measures taken and also intended from points 1 to 5. This document should include the following:

  • Presentation of all implemented and planned measures on the subject of waste and recyclable materials
  • Overview or statistics of the types and quantities of waste incurred (waste balance)
  • Overview of the disposal routes used
  • Overview of waste costs and income from, for example, the sale of recyclable materials

Did you know?

Receipts such as delivery and weighing slips, invoices and evidence of waste quantities should best be stored in a central system and constantly updated. A tabular overview with the most important key figures also helps to identify problems before they arise and cause both time and money.

All of this and more can be easily displayed with the Resourcify software.