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The A-sign , colloquially also known as waste sign , waste warning panel , waste ( warning ) panel or A-panel , is a legally prescribed warning panel in Germany that collectors and transporters of waste use their vehicles in accordance with Recycling Management Act (KrWG) with which they have to provide waste in the exercise of their work on public roads before starting their journey.
While the collection and transport of hazardous waste is subject to authorization under KrWG, the A-sign is also required for non-hazardous waste and regardless of the amount of waste.  Collectors and carriers of non-hazardous waste only have to notify the lower environmental protection authority of the activity of their company before they start working ( KrWG).
According to the legal definition in Paragraph 10 and Paragraph 11 of the KrWG, collectors and carriers are natural and legal persons who collect and transport waste on a commercial basis or within the framework of commercial enterprises. The labeling requirement does not apply to private transports to a municipal collection point ( recycling center ).
The requirements for the marking of vehicles result from Waste Shipment Act (AbfVerbrG).  The vehicles are to be provided with two rectangular, reflective, white warning signs at least 40 centimeters wide and at least 30 centimeters high before starting the journey. The warning signs must be marked “A” in black (letter height 20 centimeters, font width 2 centimeters). The warning signs must be clearly visible on the outside of the vehicle during transport, in the front and rear. In the case of trains (vehicle combinations), the rear panel must be attached to the rear of the trailer (in the case of articulated lorries, it must be attached to the rear of the semi-trailer).
If a vehicle is not, incorrectly, incompletely or not in time provided with a waste board, this can be punished as an administrative offense with a fine of up to 20,000 euros ( (1) No. 11 AbfVerbrG in conjunction with paragraph 3) .
- Notes on implementation of Sections 53 to 55 of the new Recycling Management Act (KrWG) of May 18, 2012
- Federal Association of German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Management (ed.): The new KrWG in practice ( Memento of the original from August 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Status: May 2012, pp. 40 ff., 47 ff.
- Waste law / Recycling law website of the Federal Environment Agency , accessed on July 27, 2016
- Act implementing Regulation (EC) No. 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 14, 2006 on shipments of waste and the Basel Convention of March 22, 1989 on the control of transboundary shipments of hazardous waste and their disposal ( Waste Shipment Act - AbfVerbrG ) of 19 July 2007 (BGBl. I p. 1462)