Landfill management. Certification as a driving force for sustainability and improvement


Last October, AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification) participated in a number of conferences organised by ATEGRUS within the framework of the Municipalia exhibition in Lleida. AENOR presented a conference entitled “Landfill Management. Certification as a driving force for sustainability and improvement”. Implementation of management systems is a leading priority for Spanish companies in general and particularly for landfill managers.

Spain is third in the world ranking for number of ISO 9001 Quality Management certificates, with over 60,000 certificates, according to the latest report issued by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Moreover, our companies occupy fourth position in the world and second place in Europe for number of Environmental Management certificates under ISO 14001, with almost 20,000 certificates. According to this report, Spain is second in the world and in Europe in terms of the number of ISO 50001 Energy Management certificates, with a total of 120.

Landfill managers are making great efforts to ensure that the environmental impacts of these facilities are lower and lower. Many of these facilities now boast Quality certification and through initiatives in these areas, improvements in process definition and management have been achieved, particularly in day to day aspects, such as operation. There are three basic benefits associated with ISO 9001 Quality Management certification: improvement of processes and elimination of the costs —including direct financial costs— of lack of quality; achievement of greater commitment amongst professionals to work well done and work sustainably done; and greater conviction in the transmission of commitment of quality to all members of the public who have dealings with or are affected by the organisation.
Environmental Management is also on the agenda of landfill managers. The Environmental Management system certificate indicates that the organisation is in compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001 and has implemented an environmental management system to help prevent environmental impacts.

Carlos Villarroya Artigas, Director of Service at AENOR Cataluña

Article published in: FuturENVIRO December 2013