TEIMAS: Spearheading digital transformation in the waste sector

One thing that does not go unnoticed by visitors as soon as they enter the TEIMAS offices are the soundproof booths. They are used for both videoconferences and for working situations that require maximum concentration. They are not commonly encountered in the majority of companies, but at TEIMAS, concentration is vital because the company deals with a very complex discipline.

Ignacio Pérez Rodríguez

This Galician company was born in 2008 as a result of the conviction of CEO, Miguel Varela (Ourense, 1977), that the waste management sector urgently required digital transformation.

Waste management brings with it a huge administrative burden. Each waste shipment is accompanied by Treatment Contracts, Identification Documents, Shipment Notifications, Transport Declaration Letters, etc., etc. All this environmental documentation must be submitted in due time and in the correct form to the corresponding authorities to ensure compliance with current legislation. However, even now, some companies in the sector continue to carry out all this paperwork using Excel spreadsheets.

“These procedures, which are mandatory for waste management companies, are carried out through a number of regional and state platforms”, Miguel explains, “To unify procedures, a standard electronic language, E3L, has been adopted, and a common legislative framework is applicable to all of them. However, companies in the waste value chain are using more than ten different systems to receive this documentation and the legislation is being applied at different rates. By way of example, a shipment of waste between two Autonomous Communities entails the submission of documentation to the authorities in both the Autonomous Communities of origin and destination. For certain waste, the Civil Guard must also be informed. Naturally, the transport company must also carry documentation associated with the waste being shipped. There are different ways of processing and submitting this documentation, which must be retained for several years. As you can imagine, this is far from being a trivial matter.”

Published in: Nº82 FuturENVIRO July – September 2021