The Environment Agency has unveiled its new national online system to record waste transfers and says it will be rolled out in January 2014.
Edoc - Electronic Duty of Care - is a free, voluntary alternative to paper-based waste transfer notes (WTNs).
Businesses will be able to create, share, edit, sign and record WTNs electronically.
Backers of the scheme, which include the four national governments and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), anticipate administrative savings of up to 50%.
Edoc was unveiled at RWM with CIWM by the EA’s head of illegals and waste Mat Crocker above) who estimated 23 million new WTNs were produced every year and hard copies had to be stored for two years.
The four-year scheme has been funded by national and European agencies to enable free access for another 16 months. It covers domestic and non-hazardous WTNs.
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said he was hopeful it would be funded to allow free access for a full two years of operation and alternative revenues would be sought thereafter. But he was confident Edoc “will sell itself”.
Bernard Handcock, chief executive of waste consultancy Helistrat, praised those behind the scheme at the launch event: “This system is well overdue and is a welcome addition to the waste industry.”
The exact date for Edoc to go live was not announced but Lee thought it would be around the second week of January.