The national edoc programme helps businesses take responsibility for their waste.
About the programme
edoc is a 4 year programme to develop a national, internet-based system to monitor the collection, transportation and disposal of waste materials across the UK. The programme is being co-financed by the EU LIFE+ programme.
Due to be rolled out from January 2014, it will offer an alternative that will transform the existing paper-based system of waste transfer notes, modernising the way that waste data is collected in the UK and significantly enhancing the ability to extract good quality data for businesses, regulators and government.
Why is the programme necessary?
While the benefits of WTNS are clear, the current paper-based system presents a number of challenges. Over 25 million WTNs are produced every year and need to be stored for at least two years. The cost of creation, storage and retrieval can be very high and often, these WTNs are not completed correctly, making accurate waste monitoring very difficult indeed.
Edoc will seek to address each of these issues and improve the way that business waste is monitored across the UK by creating a large document management system that can be accessed via a web portal. An application programming interface (API) will also be provided to enable companies to integrate directly with their existing waste management systems.
Who will use edoc?
Any UK business involved in the production, collection, transfer or disposal of waste will be able to use edoc. Whether you are a business that produces waste or an operator that collects and transports it, you have to complete WTNs and the benefits of transferring to an online system are clear.
The edoc programme has been made possible with the support of LIFE+ funding from the European Community.