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Waste recovery schemes

I refer to Leo Brincat’s contribution The Police Should Probe Possible Waste Fraud (August 8).

WasteServ would like to reiterate that the collection of waste is a privatised service and is not part of WasteServ’s responsibilities. Whoever collects waste and deposits it at WasteServ’s materials recovery facility (MRF) is required to declare the origin of the waste or the scheme on behalf of which the waste has been delivered, as applicable.

It is WasteServ’s understanding that Mr Brincat is referring to a recent case in which a collector was allegedly responsible for the collection of recyclable material from a particular waste producer and the material was declared through a consignment note in the name of a particular scheme when delivered to WasteServ’s facility. Now that the producer in question has become a member of a second scheme, the latter is requesting that WasteServ’s records be amended to ensure that the material is recorded under the producer’s name and not under the scheme’s name.

WasteServ communicated its position to the effect that the company cannot amend records unless there is a formal request from the scheme under whose name the material is registered and the relevant consignment note reversed. WasteServ believes that the issue needs to be ironed out between the respective producer and the scheme in question.

For the past months, WasteServ has been providing a service to both authorised recovery schemes. From the start, the basis for WasteServ’s operations were as follows:

WasteServ has a duty to pre-treat and send for recycling all the recyclable material it receives from its clients and the public.

WasteServ always strives to ensure that all operations are conducted using the best available technology and in an efficient manner.

WasteServ continuously strives to improve the quality of material directed for recycling such that the best sale price is obtained.

WasteServ committed itself to both schemes that all charges for services provided would be on the basis of an open book system taking into account the operational costs and revenue generated through the sale of recyclables. To this effect, WasteServ is currently concluding the relevant reconciliation process for the last few months of operation relevant to materials delivered by the schemes.

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