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Collection and transport
 

In most cases, waste cannot be treated on the site of the industrial process that produces it; the same applies to waste storage. The specialisation of waste treatment (generally by process) and temporary or definitive storage sites therefore results in a transport, and sometimes trading or brokerage activity between operators.

This waste transport activity is subject to a number of regulatory obligations:

  • company declaration to the Prefect of the department where the head office is located (decree of 30 July 1998), to be renewed every 5 years
  • authorisation for the transport itself as it can cause nuisances or be classified as hazardous
  • specific authorisation for cross-border movements. 2Transport2 Articles L541-7 and L541-8 of the Environmental code stipulate that waste transport, brokerage and trading activities be subject to authorisation if they are likely to cause nuisances or serious hazards.

Each waste producer remains responsible for the conditions in which all his waste is collected and transported. Special waste, due to its potential hazard or toxicity, must be subject to stringent management as soon as it is produced.

All waste packaging should be labelled so that the nature of the waste and risks can be easily identified. Hazardous product labels presented hereafter are subject to the legislation on the safety of workers, which should not be confused with the pictograms indicating the transport of hazardous goods.

Certain types of waste are considered or classified as hazardous materials or goods and, in this respect, subject to the regulation on the transport of hazardous goods by road and rail (ADR and RID).

Further information at www.ecologie.gouv.fr 2Cross-border movements2 The cross-border transport of waste generating nuisances has been regulated, since 12 July 2007, by European Parliament and Council regulation no. 1013/2006 of 14 June 2006 on waste transfer.

The amended decree of 23 March 1990 prohibits the importing of non-hazardous waste considered as household waste when destined for disposal in a waste storage facility.

Importing this waste with a view to another treatment method is subject to the permit process applicable to waste generating nuisances.

Further information at www.ecologie.gouv.fr

Legislation

Order of 20 December 2005 relative to the annual waste declaration to be made to the administration.

Collection and transport

Circular of 30 August 1985 relative to classified installations for environmental protection (industrial waste transit, collection and pre-treatment facilities) (OJ of 17/12/85)

Decree 98-679 of 30 July 1998 relative to the road transport, trading and brokerage of waste.

Decree 2005-635 of 30 May 2005 relative to the monitoring of waste treatment processes.

Order of 7 July 2005 establishing the content of waste registers.

Cross-border transfer of waste

European Parliament and Council regulation (EC) no. 1013/2006 of 14 June 2006 on waste transfer (OJEC of 12/07/06), applicable as of 12 July 2007

Directive of 3 February 1992 (92/3/EURATOM) on the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive waste between member States and into and out of the Community (OJEC no. L35 of 12/02/92)

Decree no. 94-853 and order of 22 September 1994 on the import, export, transit and exchange of radioactive waste between Community member States using the national territory

Decree no. 98-679 of 30 July 1998 relative to the road transport, trading and brokerage of waste

Order of 12 August 1998 relative to the content of the declaration application and declaration receipt to carry out a waste transport activity

Order of 9 September 1998 relative to the content of the declaration application and declaration receipt to carry out a waste trading and brokerage activity