The national edoc programme helps businesses take responsibility for their waste.
About the programme
Under UK waste legislation, all businesses have a duty of care to ensure they produce, store, transport and dispose of their waste without harming the environment. One of their responsibilities is to complete Waste Transfer Notes (WTN) and keep them as a record for at least two years.
In the United Kingdom, the current system is paper-based and it results in at least 25 million WTNs being produced a year with around 50 million pieces of paper being stored in filing cabinets, boxes, etc, at any one time.
With a paper-based system, it is very difficult for businesses to track their waste to ensure it is disposed of properly and for regulators to gain an understanding of waste production and disposal. According to the CBI, there is a lack of good quality data for commercial and industrial waste, which means it is difficult to identify opportunities for recycling and recovery.
The electronic duty of care (edoc) programme will modernise the way waste data is collected in the UK and greatly enhance the ability to extract good quality data for businesses, regulators and government.
With the support of EU LIFE+ funding, the edoc programme aims to create a national, internet-based system to monitor the waste journey from production to collection, transportation, treatment and disposal.
The edoc programme has been made possible with the support of LIFE+ funding from the European Community.