Verification of scrap metal recycling based on EU Regulations 333/2011 and 715/2013

Brief description

Council Regulations (EU) No 333/2011 of 31 March 2011 and (EU) No 715/2013 of 25 July 2013 concern the sector of trade in/recycling of metals and go into force on the day of their publication, throughout the European Union.

Detailed description

These two regulations establish the criteria for determining the cases in which certain types of metal scrap is not considered as waste. Specifically, Regulation 333/2011 relate to the transfer of iron, steel, aluminium, and aluminium alloys scrap from the producer to another holder, while Regulation 715/2013 relate to the transfer of copper scrap from the producer to another holder.

The main aim of the end-of-waste criteria is the quality of the products. The end-of-waste criteria for iron & steel, aluminium and copper scrap determine that scrap ceases to be considered as waste when they meet quality specifications during transfer from the producer to another holder (e.g., impurities <2%, oil-free, radiation-fee).

For every consignment of metal, the certified producer or importer issues a statement of conformity, which is transmitted to the next holder of the consignment of scrap metal. In this way, the trade in scrap metal in the European Union is carried out easily and without any state or public services bureaucracy.

Ensuring the quality of recovered iron/steel and aluminium products is an issue of major importance in the end-of-waste criteria. According to the Regulation, quality management concerns the producer, who must apply an appropriate quality management system compatible with the end-of-waste criteria for iron/steel, aluminium and copper. The quality management system (e.g., ISO 9001), includes documented procedures and must be verified by a certified verification body.

What is the verification procedure?

The Verification Procedure includes:

  1. Auditing of the Application Form completed by the company
  2. Assessment of the company’s Reports, Handbooks, Procedures and methodology.
  3. On-site verification of the company’s spaces and facilities.
  4. Forwarding of the verification report to the company.
  5. Supplementary Verification if requested.


Who is it for?

Verification is addressed to companies that recycle copper and aluminium.


What are the benefits of verification?

The main benefits are:

  • environmental and human health assurance,
  • stability and growth of the EU secondary raw materials market.

Who do I contact for certification?

Customer Service Department Contact Person: Ms. Anna Topaltziki, Tel: 210 5220920, Ext: 2064

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