Characterisation and control

Characterisation and control

Since 1999 we have been characterisation waste and controlling the quality of the materials recovered in light packaging sorting plants. These activities have been expanded to include other types of waste.

The characterisation of waste consists of determining the make-up of waste by its constituent components. By doing so, we can know in detail what is being deposited in the recycling containers and based on this information, take the necessary and proper corrective actions.

The material recovered undergoes a quality control process before it is sent to the various recoverers/recyclers for the different material types. This control relies on quality standards that we call Technical Specifications for Recovered Materials (ETMR).

The waste characterisation and material quality control processes are ISO 9001 certified.


Awarding the services

At Ecoembes the characterisation and quality control processes are carried out by companies contracted for these purposes. The contracts are awarded through an ISO 9001 bidding process, with contracts being awarded by geographical area.

The duration of the current contracts is from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2019.

The companies that are currently under contract to provide these services are:

  • SM, Sistemas Medioambientales, S.L.
  • KPMG Auditores S.L.

Characterisation of waste

  • Selective packaging from waste (recycling containers).
  • Other waste (bulk trash).
  • In addition, anything that is rejected in waste recovery and processing plants is sorted
  • Single-material paper/cardboard.

Quality control of recovered materials

  • Light packaging sorting plants.
  • Bulk trash processing plants.

All categorized materials whose sale is handled by Ecoembes, whether from light packaging sorting plants or bulk trash processing plants, and that is sent to recoverers/recyclers, is subject to requirements intended to ensure their quality.

To this end the different types of materials recovered in plants are analyzed. The reference quality specifications that the recovered materials must comply with are called ETMR (Technical Specifications for Recovered Materials).


Technical Specifications for materials recovered from light packaging sorting plants (Revision 12)
Technical Specifications for materials recovered from bulk waste processing plants (Revision 2)