The Environment Agency has now selected the IT firm that will manage the new online waste transfer notes (WTN) system, which will improve waste data gathering as well as bringing efficiencies for the EA and waste producers.
Edoc, the electronic duty of care programme, aims to move the 25 million waste transfer notes produced annually online, saving 50 million pieces of paper currently filled in cabinets across the country each year.
IT firm IPL will build a large document management system to be accessed online with direct integration with companies’ existing waste management systems.
Chris Deed, Edoc project manager at the EA, said: “Companies are taking greater responsibility over waste handling, rather than simply opting for the cheapest disposal service available. By consolidating waste information, edoc will provide these organisations with in-depth information about their waste production and enable the identification of intelligent ways to drive down costs by segregating waste, reducing landfill and disposing of that waste via different outlets.
He added: “In addition to reducing the administrative burden for UK business and getting better access to waste information, improving the quality of WTN information should enable EA to drive down waste crime and drive up compliance.”
IPL said its web based document management system will save EA over £10m a year.
The programme began in January 2011 and runs until December 2014.