Waste Brokers that carry out waste brokerage activities within the Maltese Islands are required to be registered with ERA to keep carrying out their activities. This registration process is carried out in compliance with the Waste Management (Activity Registration) Regulations, 2007 (SL 549.45). Waste brokers include those individuals or organizations which undertake arrangements for the collection, recovery, recycling or disposal of waste on behalf of others including brokers who do not necessarily take physical possession of the waste.
The registration of such waste brokers commenced on the 15th May 2009, with the aim of ensuring that all waste brokerage activities are carried out adequately and in line with legal obligations, with the aim of safeguarding both human health and the environment. Registered waste brokers are being issued with a registration confirmation document valid for a maximum period of one year. Registration is renewable annually upon application with ERA.
Any unregistered waste brokers performing waste brokerage activities are subject to legal action without further notice. Only registered waste brokers will be allowed to carry out brokerage activities (including export of waste) subject to the conditions specified in their registration.
As part of their registration, brokers are issued with a set of conditions to be adhered to. These measures that tie in with the regulations introduced in August 2008 for the licensing of waste carriers (vessels or vehicles) will help minimise and reduce the adverse impacts these waste management activities have on the environment, whilst allowing economic development and improvements in the quality of life. All in all, these ERA measures contribute towards a cleaner, less wasteful and more sustainable society.