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'Edoc for hazardous waste' being developed

The UK’s four environmental agencies are working together to develop an electronic hazardous waste tracking system to replace the current paper-based consignment note system.

A website for Hazdoc, similar to the electronic duty of care (Edoc) service, has been made but the service will not be operational until about 2019-20.

This follows four events held in June and July across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the service was discussed.

The website says: “The key aim of Hazdoc is to develop an electronic system for tracking hazardous waste in the UK which is simple to use, removes the reporting burden for businesses, supports effective regulation and provides all parties with good quality data.

“Hazdoc is the complementary system to Edoc, the electronic duty of care, which captures information on transfers of non-hazardous waste.

“Together, Hazdoc and Edoc will present an integrated system for tracking movements of all waste.”

Hazdoc is being developed by the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

There are around 1.9 million movements of hazardous waste a year in the UK, which generates around six million pieces of duty of care paper.

Edoc, managed by consultancy Resource Futures, reported 4,500 users in 2015-16.

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