Learning about the waste produced by one's own establishments is of vital importance for all manufacturing companies, regardless of size or product sector. In fact, Legislative Decree 152/2006 places the burden and responsibility for the correct management of waste on the producer: the producer is required to classify the waste itself in terms of allocation under the EWC code (European Waste Catalogue) and of any hazardous characteristics.
Following on from this is the management of waste in terms of documents (such as the register of loading and unloading, registration and use of SISTRI [Italian waste traceability monitoring system] etc.) and in physical terms (such as packaging and labelling, compliance with the requirements for temporary storage and transport of dangerous goods).
The critical issue here is undoubtedly the classification of waste, since a wrong classification has a drastic effect on management in terms of the environment, safety and transport.