Waste management and planning services

Our positioning

3S offers independent, highly valued waste management and planning services. Our innovative approach towards integrated Life-Cycle-Chemical-Management services aims to:

  • Ensure compliance with the legislation in force
  • Assist organizations to achieve continuous performance improvement in discharging their Environmental, Health and Safety duties.
  • Strategically plan for the solution that best suit your particular needs and
  • Continuously assist you throughout the implementation in order to cost-effectively achieve safe operational processes.

Our services

Here’s what we can do in order to help you achieve tangible, sustainable results:

  • Study of the process(es) generating waste
  • Sampling & analysis (if necessary)
  • Waste stream(s) characterization according to European Waste Catalogue
  • Research on the best options for recovery/disposal
  • Cost-benefit analysis for the adoption of Best Available Techniques aiming to waste minimization through prevention, reduction, reuse, recovery or recycling techniques
  • Guidance for the design and construction of the waste accumulation area assuring that the appropriate safety standards are met
  • Packing-labeling information according to ADR/Multimodal transportation rules
  • Preparation of all necessary documentation for the authorities and the licensed disposal plant
  • Redaction of plans for the management of hazardous wastes
Waste producer's annual report

All waste generators are obliged to submit an annual report to their competent Authority, which provides detailed information on wastes generated and treated/temporary stored at the facility. The report of the previous calendar year must be submitted by end of February each year.

The amounts of wastes must be related -for the purpose of the report- at the 6-digit level of the European Waste Catalogue (EWC).

3S provides expert advice for the correct classification of your hazardous wastes and compilation of the annual report form.

Hazardous waste classification

The European Waste Catalogue (EWC) uses 6-digit codes to describe all possible types of waste produced throughout the EU.

The catalogue, is a source and process-based listing of wastes, structured at three levels:

  1. The highest level with 20 chapters (2-digit codes) describes the source generating the waste or specific waste types
  2. Each of the 20 chapters contains several subgroups (4-digit codes) describing the process generating the waste
  3. Each subgroup has several waste codes (6-digit codes) describing the substances in the waste. The generated/managed amounts of wastes are stated on this level.

There is a specific way in which you look through the chapters in order to arrive at the correct 6-digit code for your waste:

  • Step I: Look through chapters 01 to 12 (to see if your industry type is represented) or 17 to 20 and see if there is a 6-digit code, which describes the waste stream in question. You must not use a code ending in 99 at this stage.
  • Step II: If there is no waste code in chapters 01 to 12 or 17 to 20, look in chapters 13, 14 and 15 to see if these contain a relevant description/code for your waste.
  • Step III: If a 6-digit code cannot be found in any of these chapters then look in chapter 16.
  • Step IV: If after following all of the three previous steps a code cannot be identified then return to step one and pick the six-digit code ending in 99 (waste not otherwise specified).

Note: If you do have to use an EWC code which ends in 99 then you will need to include more information in the written description which better describes the waste. Once you have selected the correct code for your waste this will be used to indicate whether the waste in question is hazardous

Absolute entry: code for which there is a single descriptive code with an asterisk and therefore refers to hazardous wastes e.g.

07 06 03* organic halogenated solvents, washing liquids and mother liquors

Mirror entries: two codes with similar descriptions, one of which has an asterisk (is a hazardous waste entry) and refers to containing "dangerous substances" and one of which does not and is a non-hazardous entry e.g.

07 06 11* sludges from on-site effluent treatment containing dangerous substances

07 06 12   sludges from on-site effluent treatment other than those mentioned in 07 06 11

If you assign an absolute entry, then your waste is considered as hazardous irrespective of the concentration of any hazardous components and should be treated as such.

When it comes to mirror entry assignments, the concentrations of all hazardous components must be considered in order to carry-out the the classification process and determine the hazard properties in the case of hazardous waste.

Depending on the type of contaminants, the classification process can become quite complicated and you might need an expert knowledge to properly classify your waste.

3S is staffed by fully qualified chemists, highly experienced in the classification of both hazardous products and wastes. We can assist you overcome that difficulty and provide you with reliable classification findings, saving you both time and money.