Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) have a key role to play in the creation of high-quality/high-value recyclate streams that can be used as feedstock materials by a range of industries. The implementation of effective Quality Management Systems (QMS) can support this through consistency of approach, risk management and commercial differentiation.

This guidance has been specifically developed to provide municipal MRF operators with practical guidance and templates to assist with the implementation of Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety management systems within a MRF. These templates include manuals, procedures and record forms that meet the requirements of the following associated certification standards:

  • ISO 9001:2008 (Quality);
  • ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental), and
  • OHSAS 18001: 2007 (Health & Safety).

Detailed guidance on their use is included in the QMS guidance document. Businesses can choose to implement the standards individually or integrated in any combination. This guidance is intended to be a route towards achieving accreditation to these internationally recognised standards.

See how a MRF in Northern Ireland reaps the benefits of its QMS

Case study - Re-Gen Ltd MRF (412 kb)