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Consultancy firm awarded edoc contract

Environmental consultancy Resource Futures has signed a two-year deal to manage the edoc waste transfer note system for Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive.

Edoc was set up in January 2014 through the Environment Agency (EA) to replace paper-based waste transfer notes with an online system.

In January this year it was transferred to Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and Northern Ireland’s Department of the Environment, while Defra carried on with negotiations over its ongoing funding.

Resource Futures will provide the secretariat for managing the scheme, verifying data and supporting businesses in use of the system.

Steve Lee, chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and member of edoc’s technical advisory group, said: “As a representative of the edoc technical advisory group, we are taking a close interest in its direction, and are pleased with the work Resource Futures has done so far in bringing innovation to the initiative.

“We will support the company in its endeavours and work with it to realise the full potential of this vital data tool.”

Resource Futures principal consultant Bernie Thomas said: “We are extremely proud to have been selected to manage this project on behalf of the four governments.

“The system does away with outdated paper waste transfer notes. It saves time, effort and money, and fulfils the legal duty of care for waste which all producers of waste in the UK have.

“Smart search and reporting functions within edoc are beginning to transform the data into useful business management information.”

At edoc’s launch, 50% of its funding came from the European Commission’s LIFE+ fund, with 40% from the EA and 10% from other partners.

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