UE 715 / 2013

Copper scrap ceases to be waste

After iron, steel, aluminum and glass scrap, the European Commission is now proposing a regulation on the criteria that determine when copper scrap ceases to be considered waste according to the provisions of the 2008 directive.

According to Directive 2008/98 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste, in fact, certain specific waste ceases to be such when it is subjected to a recovery operation and meets specific criteria (developed by the Commission) that comply with certain conditions. That is, when the materials are commonly used for specific purposes; there is a market or demand for such materials; the materials meet the technical requirements for the specific purposes and comply with existing legislation and standards applicable to products; and use will not lead to overall negative impacts on the environment or human health.


After the EU Regulations on iron scrap and glass cullet, the EU Commission has published the new one EU Regulation of 25 June 2013, no. 715/2013 / EU (Guue 26 July 2013 n. L 201), containing the criteria that determine when copper scrap ceases to be considered waste pursuant to Directive 2008/98 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council. The conditions under which COPPER scrap ceases to be waste are then established.

The Regulation is applicable from 1 January 2014.

In summary, copper scrap ceases to be considered waste when at the time of delivery from the producer (recuperator) to another holder, all the conditions listed in points 1 (Quality of the copper scrap obtained from the recovery operation) are met, 2 (Waste used as material for the recovery operation) and 3 (Treatment processes and techniques) of Annex I.

Also in this case, as in the previous regulations, the producer (recuperator) must draw up a declaration of conformity (Article 4) for each batch of copper scrap and pass it on to the next holder.

Furthermore, a management system (Article 5) must adopt a management system capable of demonstrating compliance with the aforementioned criteria; the management system is verified by an accredited certification body every three years.

Advantages for the company that certifies itself

Certification Process

> Request for an offer from the customer interested in certification

> Acquisition of all the information necessary for the certification and issue of the offer by AX-REGISTER

> Acceptance of the offer by the customer


> Analysis of any gaps and assessment of the current compliance of the ISMS with the regulatory requirements

> Verification aimed at evaluating the implementation of the principles and structure of the Management System (applicable legislation and regulations, security policy, risk analysis, Statement of Applicability (SoA), clear and consistent definition of the purpose, risk treatment plan)

> Verification aimed at evaluating the adequate and effective implementation of the Management System, through techniques that involve the analysis of documents, observations, interviews with personnel.

> This verification is aimed at issuing the certificate

> Audit carried out annually after certification, to check continuous improvement

> The Renewal Audit is carried out after three years following a complete verification or continuous evaluation over time.

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