MRW understands that the Environment Agency (EA) will launch its new national online system to record waste transfers on 23 January.
Edoc - Electronic Duty of Care - is a free, voluntary alternative to paper-based waste transfer notes (WTNs) by which businesses will be able to create, share, edit, sign and record WTNs electronically.
The agency anticipates administrative savings of up to 50%.
Edoc was unveiled at RWM with CIWM event in September by the EA’s head of illegals and waste Mat Crocker (left), who estimated 23 million new WTNs were produced every year with hard copies having to be stored for two years. At the time, the EA said Edoc would go online in mid-January.
The four-year scheme has been funded by national and European agencies to enable free access for 16 months. It covers domestic and non-hazardous WTNs.
At RWM, CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said he was hopeful free access could be funded for a full two years and alternative revenues would be sought thereafter. But he was confident Edoc “will sell itself”.
The Environment Agency has not confirmed the date, telling MRW it would ‘go live’ in last January.